CENWOR undertakes policy and action oriented research to provide empirical data that could be used to bring about positive change leading to women’s empowerment. Both macro and micro level research is conducted. Macro level studies focus on economic sectors, education and training, social issues, gender based violence, legal framework, disaster and conflict and gender and information and communication technology. Micro level studies are conducted in all districts and sectors of the country to bring out geographical, regional and ethnic diversity. Sectoral reviews have been conducted from a gender perspective often coinciding with the World Conferences on women. These studies have contributed to strengthening the application of international standards such as CEDAW and policy making at the highest level. CENWOR also engages in collaborative research with local, regional and international agencies.

The Other Side of Formal Employment:Working Women who have Returned to Their Communities and Villages in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 2013/01
Type of the Project : Research Study
Date of Commencement : 2013
Date of Completion :
Funded by : Edith Cowan University

The research focuses on women who have been employed in the formal sector of the economy and returned to a ‘traditional’ community. The community and society in which the female participants live will also be the focus of the research as it has been found in other studies that women in developing nations experience complex forces of societal scorn and community subjugation, juxtaposed with economic empowerment, all of which occur simultaneously. The study is a mixed methods research design that uses a questionnaire, focus groups, observation and interviews (with key stakeholders). Research locations are Awissawella, Colombo, Embilipitiya, Galle, Gampaha, Kalutara,  Kandy, Kurunegala , Monaragala and Ratnapura

Anomalies and gaps in health insurance provision for Sri Lankan women migrating as domestic workers to the Middle East, and the impact of these on their access to and uptake of healthcare, and on their health status in general

Project Number : 2014/01
Type of the Project : Research Study
Commencement : 2014
Completion : 2015
Funded by : Foundation Open Society Institute (FOSI) & University of Oxford

Women leaving as domestic workers to Gulf States are a large proportion of Sri Lankan migrant workers. The nature of domestic work can have a negative impact on health, hours are typically long and work arduous, and there is no oversight of health and safety in private homes. These impacts may be more complex in a foreign country, as workers are often isolated with little information about or access to healthcare. The project will explore the impact of migration on the health of domestic workers by interviewing women who return to Sri Lanka about their health during the whole migration journey, from origin to destination and back again. Sri Lankan officials responsible for policies on migration, as well as healthcare providers, will also be interviewed to find out their views on the relation between migration and health for women domestic workers. The project will contribute new knowledge to an expanding research area on migration and health locally and internationally.

Review of the implementation and progress of the Beijing Platform for Action

Project Number: 2013/05
Type of the project: Research Study
Commencement: 2013

Completion :  The study reviewed the 12 critical areas of the BPFA covering the period 1995-2014.  It was intended to be a national input into the Beijing+20 Review that was held in 2015.

Cyber violence against women and adolescent girls (2015). read more..

Project Number : 2015
Type of Project : Research Study
Commencement : November 2015
Completion : April 2016

Funded by : Minstry of  Women & Child Affairs

UN Decade for Women: Progress and Achievements of Women in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 1984-85/04
Research studies and Workshop
6/1/1984
12/1/1985
NORAD
Small Enterprise Development Program for Rural Women

Project Number : 1986/01
Research studies and Development program
1/1/1986
12/1/1986
Lanka Mahila Samiti
Seminar on Child Abuse

Project Number : 1986/02
Seminar
1/1/1986
12/1/1986
UNICEF
Anuradhapura District Integrated Basic Services Project

Project Number : 1986/04
Survey
1/1/1986
12/1/1986
UNICEF
Women's Work and Family Strategies

Project Number : 1986/06
Research Study
1/1/1986
1987
IDRC/UNU
Human Resources in Sri Lanka's Industrial Development the Current & Prospective Contribution of Women

Project Number : 1987/01
Research Study
1/1/1987
12/1/1987
UNIDO
Integration of women in development

Project Number : 1987/06
Research Study
1/1/1987
1988
Royal Netherlands Embassy
Women in development

Project Number : 1987/08
Feasibility study
1/1/1987
1989
Canadian High Commission
Co-operation between government agencies and NGOs in the delivery of social services for women in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 1987/09
Research Study
1/1/1987
1988
ESCAP
Integration of women in development

Project Number : 1988/03
Research Study
1/1/1988
1989
Royal Netherlands Embassy
”Women
Women in Asia

Project Number : 1988/06
Research Study
1/1/1988
1/12/1988
UNESCO
Economic Needs of Women in Low Income Urban Families

Project Number : 1988/09
Research Study
1/1/1988
12/1/1988
UNICEF
Home Based Child Care Arrangements in Selected Location

Project Number : 1988/13
Research
1/1/1988
12/1/1988
UNICEF
Subcontracting in Industry - Impact on Women

Project Number : 1988/14
Research Study
1/1/1988
1/12/1988
Commonwealth Secretariat
Fuel Efficient Cook - Stove Project

Project Number : 1988/16
Research
6/10/1905
1988
IDRP Ratnapura
Structural Adjustment and Women(SAW) Sri Lanka

Project Number : 1988/18
Research Study
1/1/1988
12/1/1988
CIDA
Evaluation of 5 Child Centres - Warakapola AGA Division

Project Number : 1988/20
Evaluation
1/1/1988
1989
Children’s Secretariat
Item Title

Project Number : 1989/02
Feasibility study
1/1/1989
12/1/1989
CIDA (Grant from Canadian High Commission)
Subcontracting in Industry - Impact on Women

Project Number : 1989/03
Research
1/1/1989
12/1/1989
Commonwealth Secretariat
Fuel Efficient Cook - Stove Project

Project Number : 1989/04
Research
1989
1989
IRDP Ratnapura
Study on Female Unemployment in the Plantations

Project Number : 1989/07
Research Study
1/1/1989
1991
SIDA
Women in Agricultural development in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 1989/11
Research Study
1/1/1989
1992
NORAD
Psycho-Social Implication of Middle-East Migration on the Family left behind

Project Number : 1989/12
Research Study
1/1/1989
1990
UNICEF
Study of Women's Groups in Local Communities

Project Number : 1989/14
Research Study
1/1/1989
1993
CIDA
Structural Adjustment & Women (2 Case Studies)

Project Number : 1989/15
Research Study
1/1/1989
12/1/1989
Canadian High Commission
Socio Economic Survey(BOBP) - Fisheries Project

Project Number : 1989/16
Survey
1/1/1989
1990
FAO
Gender & the Curriculum

Project Number : 1989/20
Research Study
1/1/1989
1998
NORAD
Evaluation of IRDP programme - Nuwara Eliya

Project Number : 1990/02
Evaluation
1/1/1990
12/1/1990
Royal Netherlands Embassy
Evaluation of IRDP programme - Ratnapura

Project Number : 1990/03
Evaluation
1/1/1990
12/1/1990
IRDP Ratnapura
Sri Lanka Domestic Helpers in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 1990/04
Research
1/1/1990
1992
APDC
Occupational Health

Project Number : 1990/07
Research
1/1/1990
1992
CIDA
Study on Women in the Estate Sector

Project Number : 1990/09
Research Study
1/1/1990
12/1/1990
TAT
The Situation of the Girl Child

Project Number : 1990/11
Research Study
1/1/1990
12/1/1993
FAO
The Situation of the Girl Child - Literacy & FLT

Project Number : 1991/02
Study
1/1/1991
1992
UNICEF
Women and Literacy

Project Number : 1991/08
Research Study
1/1/1991
12/1/1991
CENWOR/NATE
Evaluation study of Woman's societies

Project Number : 1991/09
Evaluation study
1/1/1991
12/1/1992
ILO
Employment and Occupation Mobility Among Women

Project Number : 1991/16
Study
1991
1992
ILO
Baseline survey - Puttalam

Project Number : 1992/01
Research Study
1/1/1992
12/1/1992
ILO
Women Workers in the Rubber Plantation

Project Number : 1992/03
Research Study
1/1/1992
12/1/1993
Women’s bureau / ILO
Study on Export Processing Free Trade Zone: Economic Impact and Social Issues

Project Number : 1992/10
Research Study
1992
1994
ILO
Study on Women & Energy

Project Number : 1992/11
Research Study
1/1/1992
12/1/1992
ESCAP
Evaluation of Middle Returnees

Project Number : 1993/03
Evaluation study
1/1/1993
12/1/1993
UNICEF
Gender Dimensions in Veddha Community

Project Number : 1993/09
Research Study
1/1/1993
1994
CIDA
Study of Socio-Economy implication of HIV/AIDS for the Family and Women

Project Number : 1993/11
Research Study
1/1/1993
1996
UNDP
Women, Decision Making and Political Empowerment

Project Number : 1994/06
Research Study
1/1/1994
1996
Asia Foundation
Action Research on South Asian Girl in Especially Difficult Circumstances

Project Number : 1994/07
Research Study
1/1/1994
1995
UNICEF
Value Study - Comparison between Australia & Sri Lanka

Project Number : 1994/09
Study
1/1/1994
1995
N.U.T.A.
Impact of Structural Adjustment Programmes on Women

Project Number : 1994/12
Research Study
1/1/1994
1995
ILO
Ageing in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 1994/14
Research Study
1/1/1994
1998
SAREC
Study on Implementation of the Maternity Leave Ordinance

Project Number : 1994/15
Research Study
1/1/1994
1996
UNICEF
Model Residential Welfare and Education Centre for Women Workers in the Free Trade Zone

Project Number : 1994/16
Evaluation study
1/1/1994
1995
ILO
Women & Sexual Violence in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 1995/05
Research Study
12/1/1995
1998
Women’s Bureau
Incorporating Gender Issues in Research and Development Programmes

Project Number : 1995/12
Research Study
9/1/1995
12/1/1995
NARESA
Poverty sector programmes study

Project Number : 1995/17
Research Study
10/1/1995
1996
IPS
Impact of poverty alleviation programme on women

Project Number : 1995/18
Research Study
10/1/1995
2005
SAREC
Dry zone participatory development project

Project Number : 1996/05
Research Study
1/1/1996
1997
NWPDZPDP
Addressing Issues on Reproductive Health to Promote Empowerment of Women and to Improve Their Quality of Life

Project Number : 1996/07
Research
1996
1997
UNFPA
External Collaboration Contract for National Report on Child Labour

Project Number : 1996/08
Research Study
1/1/1996
12/1/1996
ILO
Change Agent Programme

Project Number : 1996/09
Research Study
1/1/1996
1997
IPS
Impact of Structural Adjustment Programmes on Women

Project Number : 1996/11
Study
1996
1999
ILO
Case Study on Women Democratization Processes

Project Number : 1997/01
Research Study
1/1/1997
1998
UNESCO
Women's Economic and Legal Rights

Project Number : 1997/02
Research Study
1/1/1997
1998
Asia Foundation
NGO Involvement in Reproductive Health Information & Services

Project Number : 1997/05
Study & Workshop
1/1/1997
1999
UNFPA
Evaluation of Activities of Women's Desks at Police Station

Project Number : 1997/06
Evaluation study
1/1/1997
1998
Women’s Bureau
Information Systems on Women

Project Number : 1997/08
Research Study
1/1/1997
1998
UNICEF
The use of the Legal System to Combat Violence Against Women & Girls

Project Number : 1997/10
Research Study
1/1/1997
1998
UNICEF
International Female Labour Migration

Project Number : 1997/12
Research Study
1/1/1997
1998
Canadian Human Rights Foundation
Gender Discrimination under Structural Reforms

Project Number : 1997/13
Research Study
1/1/1997
1998
ILO
Gender Sensitization Information Dissemination (Employment of University Graduates in Sri Lanka)

Project Number : 1997/14
Research Study
1/1/1997
2000
NORAD
Gender Sensitization Information Dissemination (Curriculum materials for the Police Training Authority)

Project Number : 1997/15
Research Study
1/1/1997
2000
NORAD
Gender Sensitization Information Dissemination (Publication Working Paper - Gender Related Concept & Issues)

Project Number : 1997/16
Research Study
1/1/1997
1998
NORAD
Integrating Environment & Population Concerns to Improve the Quality of Life (Training Manual)

Project Number : 1997/17
Research Study
1/1/1997
1998
Transfer from PRO8/95
50 Years since Political Independence - Gender Issues in Retrospect

Project Number : 1998/03
Research
1/1/1998
1999
HIVOS
Women Migrant Domestic Workers

Project Number : 1998/05
Study
1998
2001
HIVOS
Information System on Women - Phase II

Project Number : 1998/06
Research
1/1/1998
UNICEF
Regional Research Project on Women's Access to Gender Sensitive Health Phase I & II

Project Number : 1998/12
Research
1/1/1998
2003
ARROW
Macro Economic and Adjustment Policies (MAP)

Project Number : 1998/14
Research
1/1/1998
2001
IDRC
Base Line Survey on Domestic Violence Phase I

Project Number : 1998/15
Survey
1/1/1998
2003
IWRAW
Base Line Survey on Domestic Violence Phase II

Project Number : 1998/15
Survey
1/1/1998
2003
APGEN / Netherland
Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Abuse of Children

Project Number : 1998/21
Research
1/1/1998
1998
Common wealth Secretariat
Women & Trade Unions in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 1998/22
Research
1/1/1998
1998
F.E.S.
Women Affected by Armed Conflict

Project Number : 1998/23
Research
1/1/1998
1998
N.C.W
Impact of Globalisation on Subcontracting Women Workers

Project Number : 1999/06
Research
1/1/1999
2000
Asia Foundation
Strengthening Participation CEDAW Committee

Project Number : 1999/07
Research
1/1/1999
2002
Asia Foundation
Study on Growing up Alone

Project Number : 1999/10
Study
1/1/1999
2000
UNICEF
Violence against Women - A Study of Sexual harassment in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 2000/04
Study
1/1/2000
2001
Women’s bureau
Violence against Women

Project Number : 2000/06
Research
1/1/2000
2004
Asia Foundation
Evaluation of the impact of the pret's gad approach on improving the lives of coationally trained women

Project Number : 2000/07
Evaluation study
1/1/2000
2002
WUSC
Combating Child Labour

Project Number : 2000/08
Research
1/1/2000
2004
ILO
Sri Lanka women migration domestic workers - Best Practices

Project Number : 2000/09
Study
1/1/2000
UNDP
Changing Gender Roles: a three Generational Study

Project Number : 2001/02
Study
1/1/2001
2001
HIVOS
Women in Armed Conflict

Project Number : 2001/05
Research
1/1/2001
2001
SIDA
Women in Armed Conflict Phase II

Project Number : 2001/05
Research
2002
2005
SIDA
Survey on returned Women Migrant Workers in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 2001/07
Survey
1/1/2001
2004
IOM
Needs of Childcare Institutions

Project Number : 2001/08
Research
1/1/2001
2002
UNICEF
Female Migrant Garment Factory Workers - Mauritius, Oman, Maldives

Project Number : 2001/10
Research
1/1/2001
2001
HIVOS
Women's Property and Inheritance Rights

Project Number : 2001/11
Research
1/1/2001
2003
Development Alt.Inc.
Macro Economic and Adjustment Policies (MAP)

Project Number : 2001/14
Research
2001
2004
ISST
Joint Land Titles for Husband and Wife

Project Number : 2002/04
Research
1/1/2002
2004
WFP
Macro Economic & Adjustment Policies - Phase II MIMAP - Poverty Monitoring Exercise in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 2002/06
Monitoring Exercise
1/1/2002
2004
ISST/IDRC
Study on Gender Dimensions of ICT in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 2002/07
Study
2002
2004
University of Colombo
Utilisation of Credit Schemes by Returnee Migrant Women Domestic Workers

Project Number : 2002/09
Research
1/1/2002
2004
UNICEF
Situational Analysis of Women's Participation in Governance

Project Number : 2003/01
Situational Analysis
1/1/2003
2004
SAP International
Gender Impact of WTO on Women's Livelihood in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 2003/02
Research
1/1/2003
2004
UNDP
Intra & Inter household Distribution of resources, Incomes, Goods & Services

Project Number : 2003/05
Research
1/1/2003
2004
UNDP
Needs of Women Migrant Worker's Families in Alokagama

Project Number : 2003/09
Evaluation study
1/1/2003
12/1/2003
HIVOS
Gender Audit of the CEDAW Provisions

Project Number : 2003/10
Study
1/1/2003
2004
HIVOS
Mapping of Home Based Workers in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 2003/12
Study
1/1/2003
2005
UNIFEM
Gender Evaluation Methodology Testing

Project Number : 2003/14
Evaluation study
1/1/2003
2004
Association for Progressive
Children in Institutional Care

Project Number : 2003/16
Research
1/1/2003
2005
Save the Children
Assessment of Sexual & Gender based Violence in Areas Affected by Internal Armed Conflict

Project Number : 2003/17
Assessment
1/1/2003
2004
UNHCR
Vulnerability Assessment within Trade Unions Comparative Study in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 2003/18
Study
1/1/2003
2007
SARDI
Property Rights and Domestic Violence

Project Number : 2003/20
Research
1/1/2003
2006
ICRW
Situation of Rural Women in Sri Lanka's Post Conflict Reconstruction and Rehabilitation

Project Number : 2004/01
Research
1/1/2004
2003
FAO
Information and Communication Technology(ICT) and Gender in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 2004/02
Research
1/1/2004
2007
ISST
Study of the Socio-Economic Status and Kap on Importance of Education and Child Labour on Selected Estates

Project Number : 2004/05
Study
1/1/2004
2005
CWC
Economic Empowerment of Women

Project Number : 2004/06
Research
1/1/2004
2004
Open University
Regional study on the Demand of Trafficking in Asia

Project Number : 2004/09
Study
1/1/2004
2005
ILO/IPEC
Gender Equity and Empowerment of Women in Sri Lanka Phase I

Project Number : 2004/13
Research
1/1/2004
2006
UNDP
Gender Equity and Empowerment of Women in Sri Lanka Phase II

Project Number : 2004/13
Research
2006
2006
Assessment of Tsunami Impact

Project Number : 2005/01
Evaluation study
1/1/2005
2006
UNIFEM
Ethical Trade Initiative - Multistakeholder Audit

Project Number : 2005/02
Research
1/1/2005
12/1/2005
ETI
Survey on Women's Self-Reliance in the Conflict Affected Area

Project Number : 2005/03
Survey
1/1/2005
2006
Bridge Asia Japan
ILO International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour Tracer

Project Number : 2005/05
Study
1/1/2005
12/1/2005
ILO/IPEC
Study of Tsunami Affected Villages in Galle & Colombo

Project Number : 2005/06
Study
1/1/2005
2007
ESCAP
Mapping out the Establishment of Women's Centres in Tsunami Affected Districts

Project Number : 2005/09
Research
1/1/2005
2006
UNFPA
Assessing the Impact of Gender Socialisation Programmes in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 2005/12
Evaluation study
1/1/2005
12/1/2005
HIVOS
Gender and Preschool Education

Project Number : 2005/13
Research
1/1/2005
12/1/2005
HIVOS
Assess the Impact of Tsunami on Water Supply and Sanitation and Implication for the Quality of Lives of Women

Project Number : 2005/17
Study
1/1/2005
2006
Ministry of Women�s Welfare
Gender Stereotyping in Secondary School Books

Project Number : 2005/19
Study
2005
2006
HIVOS
Study on the Impact of the Tsunami on Women�s Land Rights and Access to Land

Project Number : 2006/01
Research
1/1/2006
2006
ESCAP
Post Tsunami: Gender Initiatives for Sri Lanka

Project Number : 2006/03
Research
1/1/2006
2008
MATCH
Empowering Women � Participation in Decision Making

Project Number : 2006/06
Research
1/1/2006
2008
Norwegian Church Aid
Multistake Holder Audit

Project Number : 2006/07
Evaluation (Audit)
1/1/2006
2007
ETI
Women and Land Rights in Irrigation Settlement Schemes in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 2006/08
Research
1/1/2006
2007
WFP
Integrating Gender in Development

Project Number : 2006/09
Evaluation & Training
1/1/2006
2007
UNDP
Gender Scan of the Education Programmes of Plan Sri Lanka

Project Number : 2006/14
Research
1/1/2006
2007
PLAN International Incorporated
Empowerment of Student through School Social Work

Project Number : 2007/01
Research
2007
12/1/2007
Save the Children
Gender Role and Support Network of Migrant Workers

Project Number : 2007/03
Research
2007
12/1/2007
IOM
Study on Employment policies and Recruitment Plans in the Public Sector in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 2007/04
Research
2007
12/1/2007
PSI
Gender Consultancy

Project Number : 2007/07
Consultancy
2007
2008
Red Cross
Situational Analysis of Women Water Professionals in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 2007/07-Phase II
Situational Analysis
2007
2009
Saci Waters
Study/Survey on Harmful Traditional and Cultural Practices in South Asia

Project Number : 2007/08
Study/Survey
2007
2008
Gender & Development Section, UNESCAP
Global Public Access ICT Research- Sri Lanka wrong title

Project Number : 2007/10
Research
2007
2008
CISUWIS
KAP Survey on Human Trafficking

Project Number : 2008/01
Study
2008
2008
IOM
Gender, Status and Empowerment :A Study of Women Factory Workers in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 2008/02
Research
2008
2012
Edith Cowan University
Study of Domestic Violence in Non Poor Comunities in Selected Areas of Sri Lanka

Project Number : 2008/04
Study
2008
2009
OXFAM
Understanding the Working Conditions of Various Cadres of the Health Workers in Private & Public Sector & the Policies

Project Number : 2008/07
Study
2008
2008
PSI
School Participation in Selected Districts in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 2008/08
Study
2008
2009
Save the Children
Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Participation in Decision Making in the Public Domain

Project Number : 2008/10
Study
2008
2009
NCA
Study on Integrity in Recruitment for Foreign Employment in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 2008/11
Study
2008
2009
Transparency International
Study on Empowering Women Through Microfinance: As entrepreneurs or as Conduits of Credit

Project Number : 2008/12
Study
2008
2010
Royal Norwegian Embassy
The End of Project Review of Centre for Hope and Healing in Batticaloa

Project Number : 2009/03
Evaluation
2009
2010
YWCA
Research on Human Trafficking in Sri Lanka and the Law Enforcement Response

Project Number : 2010/01
Research Study
2/5/2010
1/12/2010
International Organization for Migration
Mapping of Available Materials on UN Resolutions on Women's Peace and Security

Project Number : 2010/02
Review
2010
2012
UNFPA
Evaluation of the PYD Programme in Habaraduwa & Matara

Project Number : 2010/03
Evaluation
2010
2011
AECID
Development of Knowledge base on Critical areas of concern of the Beijin Platform for Action

Project Number : 2010/04
Study
2010
2012
UNFPA
Early marriage and Statutory rape in selected Districts of Sri Lanka

Project Number : 2010/05
Research Study
16/12/2010
26/04/2012
UNICEF
Study on Out of School Children in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 2011/01
Study
2011
2012
UNICEF
M Woman Pilot Programme

Project Number : 2011/02
Study
2011
2011
Dialog
Conducting Final Evaluation of the Plan Sri Lanka Plantation Programme in the Matale District

Project Number : 2012/03
Evaluation
24/04/ 2012
Plan International
Analysis of national labour migration policy on return and reintegration for women migrant domestic workers

Project Number : 2012/04
Review
18/06/2012
SEDEC – Caritas
Baseline Survey of Female Garment Workers in Rathmalana

Project Number : 2012/07
Study
13/08/2012
ICRW
Study on War Widows in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 2013/02
Study
2013
Friedrich Ebert Stiftung
Capacity Assesment and Review of Women and Children's Desks in 11 Districts in Sri Lanka

Project Number : 2013/04
Review
2013
UNICEF
Review of the implementation and progress of the Beijing Platform for Action

Project Number : 2013/05
Evaluation
12/23/2013
UNDP
Endline survey of P.A.C.E women at Brandix in Rathmalana

Project Number : 2014/03
ICRW
Endline survey of P.A.C.E women at Brandix in Rathmalana

Project Number : 2014/03
ICRW, New Delhi