Centre for Women’s Development & Research


Working in the slums of Chennai city and the villages in rural Tamil Nadu, The Centre for Women’s Development and Research (CWDR) promotes women’s rights, leadership and empowerment through issue based campaigns and community level activities.

Shadhika is providing support to CWDR’s anti-violence training for young men and for their “Snehidhi” initiative. “Snehidhi” (which means girlfriend in Tamil) is an association of over 3,000 adolescent girls ages 10-17. Through Snehidhi, CWDR provides educational and cultural programmes for both the school-going and non school-going populations in the following areas:

• Life skill and health training, including sexuality education

• Sexual abuse awareness and prevention training

• Vocational skill training, including computer skills, tailoring and handicrafts

• Cultural programming, including education in traditional Tamil music and dance

• Supplementary education support and leadership training for school going adolescent girls

Read about the impact of this support