Facilitating a women's movement to achieve human rights for women.
Creating a WOMEN EMPOWERED gender just society.
Establish self sustainable GOWRI women leadership centres for independent livelihood of women by training, production, marketing, and, By mobilizing these women and girls through community organizing and advocacy GOWRI strives to transform the cultural attitudes and laws underpinning the marginalized position of women in India today.
The Center for Women's Development and Research (GOWRI) was founded in 1992 by a group of female activists in order to counter the lack of non-government organizations (NGOs) for women, led by women. They recognized the importance of female-led organizations in the improvement of women's issues.
The GOWRI's goal was to serve the marginalized and vulnerable communities of women in the slums of different cities in INDIA and surrounding communities.
The GOWRI has grown substantially in size and scope since 1993 and now serves close to 100 slums in Chennai city and 25 villages in the Edaikazhinadu Panchayath Kancheepuram district. In addition, the GOWRI has expanded it's focus to include income generation projects for women such as catering, domestic worker job placement, and soap making. The GOWRI also became involved in relief efforts for women and children following the devastating tsunami in 2004.
Through the building of strong relationships, teamwork, and collaboration with other NGOs and government organisations, the GOWRI has established itself as a leader in the region and continues to successfully advance its mission at the grassroots level. Importantly, the GOWRI has earned the trust of the women in the communities it serves, aiding it's success as a grassroots organization.