years of independence, 21st Century, large scale
construction & development, political instability in the state,
dreams and aspiration of the people, Issues of identity and
among these, the screams of thousands of- “Damini” being
sexually abused per year, adolescents girls trafficked to
metropolitan cities, helpless women identified at Witches,
victims of domestic violence have become permanent features of
the state. But in the patriarchal Society the voices related to
violence and discrimination against women almost remain unheard.
CSS along with other likeminded Organizations have been trying
to reduce discrimination against women and making the society
little safer for them. During the year the National incidences
had also its trickle down effects in the state and it boosted
our efforts. Government also took some initiatives. But those
were inadequate and insignificant. The discrimination against
women can’t be reduced by one or two symbolic efforts. It
requires sincere, all round continuous efforts. We have some
reasons for satisfaction as we have been able to check the
discrimination against women to some extent in our project
areas. The increment in reporting of the cases of minor violence
and discrimination reflects that the Silence on the name of fate
has been broken. Significant decrease in the incidences of major
violence and abuses against women also indicates that we are in
the right direction. However pace of our journey is in the
slower side, mainly due to the dearth of support system. Hope we
will be able to bring smiles on more faces in spite of our
limited reach and resources along with pressurizing the
government to improve support system.
This year Central and State Government made sincere efforts to
finalize Polices for protecting women from sexual offence,
Combating trafficking of women and children, Early Childhood
Care and Development etc.. We are proud that we contributed
significantly in these processes. Our efforts finally took shape
and “ Jharkhand State Disability Policy” was finally approved.
We also contributed significantly in finalizing state Plan of
Action for the Children.
Combating Gender discrimination & Gender based Violence,
Rehabilitation of Persons with disability, Education, Child
Right and Child Protection, Agriculture, Livelihood, etc.
remained our core thematic issues during the year too. Support
of the new organizations like CBM, Social Welfare Directorate
and continuation of support of almost all previous donors helped
us to help the people in effective way. During the year we also
became partner of the “Forum to Engage Men” for Responsible
Fatherhood Campaign and joined One Billion Rising Campaign to
end violence against women.
continued our advocacy for State Policy for women, notification
of Service providers under PWDV Act, amendment in the “Witch
Craft Prevention Act” and implementation of the Acts and schemes
related to Women and Children. This year too we conducted number
of activities as per the need and demand of the community
besides the financially supported projects. I applause the
efforts of the Team of CSS and extend my gratitude to Community.
Govt. Agencies, Donors and well wishers of the Organization for
their support and Guidance.