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 programs for both the school-going and non-school-going populations in the following areas:

  • Life skills 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