CHAIRMAN
Most Rev. Jacob Mar Barnabas,OIC
Apostolic Visitator for the Syro-Malankaras
Address: Mar Ivanios Bhawan Malankara Catholic Bishop’s Residence J-Block, 61-62 Paryavaran Complex, IGNOU Road, Neb Sarai. New Delhi-110068
Tel. (Office): 011-29536525
Mobile: (0)9871493493
E-mail (Office): mccetri@gmail.com
E-mail (P): aerathjmbarnabas@gmail.com
MEMBERS
Most Rev. Mar Mathew Arackal
Bishop of Kanjirapally
Address: Bishop’s House, P.B. No. 22, Kanjirapally-686507 Kottayam Dt. (Kerala)
Tel. (Office): 04828-202665,202906
Tel. (P): 04828-206040
Fax: 04828-206022
Mobile: (0)9847088200
E-mail (Office): kplyeparchy@gmail.com
E-mail (P): bishoparakal@hotmail.com
MEMBERS
Most Rev. Edwin Colaco
Bishop of Aurangabad
Address: Bishop’s House, Aurangabad Cantt.-431002 (Maharashtra)
Tel (V.G. Office): (0) 9421414280
Tel.(P): 0240-2370545
Mobile: (0)9421681818
E-mail (P): bishopcalaco@gmail.com
SECRETARY
Sr. Talisha Nadukudiyil SD
Address: BA-274, Tagore Garden, New Delhi - 110 027
Mobile (O): (0)9868618613
Mobile (P): (0)8750483867
E-mail (O): comwomencbci@gmail.com
E-mail (P): srtalisha14@gmail.com
HISTORY

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India in its biannual meeting in Pune in 1992, the bishops of the country deliberated on various issues concerning women thereby arriving at ways of addressing them. In their concluding statement the bishops said: “Discrimination against women seems to be embedded in the structure of our society…. Violence against women sometimes starts from the very moment of conception of the girl child and is experienced by them at all the stages of their life. Violence that is physical, sexual and psychological and practiced against women is the result of inhuman and unchristian attitudes. With a sense of sorrow we must admit that women feel discriminated even in the church.”

A Desk for Women, under the CBCI Commission for Laity was etablished. Sr. Cleopatra, the President of the Conference of Religious of India (Women’s Section) was appointed as the first Secretary to represent the concerns of all women of the church in India. The Desk was meant to serve as a catalyst for promoting and supporting all initiatives/women’s associations that aim at empowerment of women. Sr. Cleopatra began her work in Delhi at the CBCI Centre on 1 June 1992.

The statement was followed by a call for a plan of action in each Region that would foster respect, human dignity irrespective of sex, promote the rights of women in the home, in the Church and in society, and ensure adequate representation of women in decision-making bodies of the Church. Priests and religious were exhorted to stress this equality in their own attitudes and practice, in their homilies, in their visits to families and in their respectful collaboration with women religious in the mission of the Church. At the CBCI meeting of February 1996, the Women’s Desk was granted the status of a Commission of the CBCI.

VISION

Flowing from the vision of Jesus Christ, the Champion of the anawim, the oppressed, exploited and marginalized of society, and inspired by his love that makes no distinction between male and female, the Catholic church in India is committed to building a world where all human persons are free to grow in the image and likeness of God.

MISSION
  • To deepen among women and men a sense of their dignity as human beings created in the image and likeness of God (Gen 1: 26-27).
  • To stimulate reflection in the Church on its mission to form a discipleship of equals. (Luke 22:26-27)
  • To contribute to the process of creating a gender just church and society with a special focus on the marginalized. (Luke 4:18-19)
  • To make space for spirituality that is shaped by women’s life experiences and creative expression. (Mark 14: 3-9)
OBJECTIVES
  • To facilitate change in the mindsets of women and men so that they relate to each other with respect and dignity.
  • To ensure fulfillment of the human rights of women especially of the marginalized groups.
  • To ensure that all Church ministries, policies, structures, procedures and programs are gender sensitive and gender balanced.
  • To make provisions for adequate human and material resources to achieve the objectives.
ACTIVITIES
  • Organizing meetings and seminars on the need and importance of women’s group in every Region.
  • Publication of material on the occasion of International Women’s Day 8 March, Girl Child Day 8th September and Anti Violence Day 25th November.
  • Providing direction to women involving in development activities.
  • Linking with Women’s Commission at State and National level of the Government of India.
  • Promoting network with Women Commission of other Church denominations.
  • Efforts have been made to network with Women Commissions of other countries.
  • Promoting a spirituality based on women’s experiences.
  • Promoting collaboration between Women Office, Caritas India Gender Department and other likeminded Organizations.
  • The Commission celebrates Women’s Day, Girl Child Day and Anti Violence Day.