The Centre for Women’s Research is a non-profit organisation that was registered under the NGO Secretariat in 1984, as a non-governmental, non-profit, non-sectarian organisation. CENWOR was re-registered with the Department of the Registrar of Companies,  as mandated by  the Companies Act, No. 7 of 2007. CENWOR has 23 members  with expertise in a variety of disciplines. A 12-member Board of Directors is responsible for implementation of programmes, projects and general administration.

CENWOR started work with just LKR 2,000 as seed money contributed by the founder members. Today, it is a leading research organisation on gender and women’s issues having four programme areas designed to empower women  – policy and action oriented research,  training and awareness raising on gender issues, information dissemination on areas of critical concern to women, and advocacy and lobbying.

While members of CENWOR have  the main responsibility for programme development and implementaion, it also has access to a pool of external resource persons to draw on as required.

As it addresses issues relating to different demographics, the Centre works throughout the country linking and collaborating with other research organisations, local level non-governmental organsations, community based organisations, and individuals. Links are maintained with state agencies to ensure that gender issues are addressed and mainstreamed.