Director’s Desk

“Women are not going to be equal outside the home until men are equal in it.”

In my missive in the last Annual Report 2015-2016, I had commented that we have to create an environment through social policies for all round development of women and we can say that we have been able to achieve much in this direction though much more still needs to be done if we are to focus on the theme,”Women in the Changing World of Work-Planet 50-50 by 2030”.

Today in our working area at the grassroots level we have started hearing some rumblings from men that they feel they are being left out or neglected as all our efforts are focussed towards Women Empowerment Program. May be we have knowingly or unknowingly overlooked the need of men,as their role in the home and community has the potential to bring about change in attitude, relationship and decision-making which could be critical for equality between women and men. Men should, therefore, be actively involved in promoting gender equality in the family and society as sometimes public policy constrains men and hence we could work towards providing an opportunity for constructive engagement of men to find a positive way for building gender equality in society. If we are to work towards gender mainstreaming, we need to develop ourselves as a learning organization with an understanding of the potential of gender and development and how we can transform unequal social relations to empower both women and men by planning programs in such a way that allows gender perspectives to be appropriately addressed through changes in education, culture and tradition. Equality implies that perceptions, interests, needs and priorities of both women and men must be taken into consideration not only as a matter of justice but because they are necessary to enrich sustainable people-centered developments process through a strategy for making the concerns and experiences of both women and men an integral part of designing programmes so that women and men benefit equally and inequality is not perpetuated. Through a social and political structure was created which allowed atrocities and violence against women, we have to be cautious now and analyse, assess gender relation, unequal power structure and interaction of contextual factors. We should not create hierarchies between and among groups of women and men that can lead to unequal power relations disadvantaging one groups over another.

KROSS acknowledges with deep gratitude the continuing cooperation, goodwill and support of our National and International Donors, Central & States Government, well-wishers and friends which enables KROSS and its 14 partners, the Diocesan Social Service societies to reach out to be the least of its brethren through its multipronged activities.

The leadership and motivation of the Karnataka Region Catholic Bishops' Council under the astute Chairmanship of Most Rev. Dr. Bernard Moras, Archbishop of Bengaluru, Most Rev. Gerald Lobo, President, KROSS and Members of KROSS Governing Board / General Body is of immense importance as it makes us navigate in the road less travelled.

Our 14 partner organizations and their staff who leave no stone unturned in implementing the programs which makes the life of the downtrodden and the marginalized much better, entails our heartiest appreciation. The contribution of KROSS staff is of much importance and truly immeasurable and merits kudos and heartfelt thanks. KROSS with the support and goodwill of our esteemed Donors &leadership of KRCBC will keep marching ahead to seek justice for one and all.

Fr. Sebastian Fernandes
Director, KROSS