Centre for Women's Research

Concerned by the paucity of data to address the disadvantaged position of women, a group of academics, researchers and activists who were involved for several years in research and action-oriented programmes relating to women joined together in 1984 to form the Centre for Women's Research (CENWOR).

CENWOR is a non-profit organisation, registered under the Companies Act No.07 of 2007 (Registration Number - G.A. 349, previously NA 45) and the NGO Secretariat (Registration Number - 0316). CENWOR has 23 members with expertise in a variety of disciplines. Its activities are implemented by a 12-member Board of Directors. They are assisted by field research.

Our Services

CENWOR Services

CENWOR welcomes collaborative relationships.


The information resource centre holds a specialist and unique collection of material in print, digital and audio visual formats on all aspects of gender.


A modern conference hall with a seating capacity of 80 is available for hire.


CENWOR welcomes collaborative relationships with local and foreign women’s organisations, universities, research organisations, like minded agencies and individuals.



#Sustainable Development Goals

Mapping SDG-5 to develop a policy brief in line with the VNR 2022

The voluntary national reviews (VNRs) aim to facilitate the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, with a view to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. The VNRs also seek to strengthen policies and institutions of governments and mobilize multi-stakeholder support and partnerships for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. CENWOR, together with Global Affairs Canada (GAC) is conducting a number of projects that will be used to develop policy reviews in line with the VNR that is scheduled to be presented in the month of July.

#Virtual Forum

International Women's Day Celebrations 2022

We will share the findings and recommendations of five position papers done in the process of mapping SDG 5 in Sri Lanka and also discuss the formation of a Women’s Major Group in Sri Lanka and Agenda 2030. This discussion will be the initial dialogue of a series of interactions and we hope that you will be able to join us on the 9th of March from 9.00 AM to 12.00 PM via Zoom.

Latest news & blog

CENWOR News & blog

Gender in Addressing Environmental Issues

The world faces an environmental crisis in the form of rapid climate change, loss of biodiversity, and pollution. These issues not only threaten the natural environment but also the survival of humanity. Marginalized and vulnerable groups including women and girls, indigenous and tribal communities, and poor communities are most susceptible to the impacts of environmental degradation.

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