CENWOR conducts research in the following areas, corresponding to the 'Critical Areas of Concern' identified in the 1995 UN Beijing Platform for Action.
Assessing the impact of on-going and future state and NGO poverty alleviation programmes on women.
Education and Training
Identifying and assessing current market circulated trends in skills development and their implications for women.
Conducts studies on women centered reproductive health.
Violence against Women
Focuses on gender based violence such as rape, domestic violence, incest, sexual harassment, victims and perpetrators of violence and women prisoners.
Women in Situation of Armed Conflict
Gender specific constraints of women affected by the armed conflict.
Assessing the impact of macro economic and employment related policies on women - structural adjustment programmes, agricultural settlements, industrial estates and rural factories, overseas migration for employment, credit policies in terms of career mobility, working conditions and the quality of life of women and their families.
Access of women to decision-making in the public and private sectors.
Data Base for National Planning
Develop a data base on demographic and socio-economic indicators as well as in areas without adequate data such as violence against women and occupational health hazards, as inputs to the national planning process.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Gender dimensions of ICT.
Monitoring of human rights violations from a gender perspective.
Incidence of gender violence in the electronic media and films.
Incorporation of gender concerns in Environment Impact Assessment Studies.
Situational analyses of women in selected communities/groups, and appraisal of social change including changing gender roles, attitudes and family structures.
CENWOR will participate in in-country and inter country studies when requested.
2. Information and Communication
In 1998 CENWOR pioneered in introducing ICT to women’s NGOs in Sri Lanka and setting community information resources centres. Since then CENWOR has been in the forefront in addressing gender issues in ICT by undertaking research, advocacy, serving on policy bodies and introducing ICT to rural women’s organizations and establishing and popularising community information centres to enable women to access information.
The core activities of the information programme include the development of information resources and data bases, documentation, dissemination of information through publications, videos, workshops, seminars, conferences and the Internet. It also moderates a mailing list – firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Advocacy, Lobbying and Networking