One of CWDR's major findings from tsunami rehabilitation work concerned the unaddressed issue of single women (widowed, deserted, divorced and never-Married adult women). Single women face heightened risk of physical and sexual abuse and encounter social barriers such as lack of inclusion in community or family functions.
As a result of these findings, CWDR has begun organizing single women in Chennai slums and rural villages into groups called "Maithri". Through this network of single women, CWDR aims to expand access to income generation opportunities,provide a support network for the women, and increase exposure and awareness of the unique challenges of single women. CWDR activity lobbies the government on policy matters relating to the welfare of single women.