Minister for Panchayats and Social Welfare M.K. Muneer avowed that a department wholly to serve women and children across the state will be formed in the State shortly. The statement was made by the Minister while launching ‘Disha-2013’, a State-level awareness programme of Kerala Women Development Corporation. ‘Disha 2013’ is being conducted in State’s 14 districts. The Minister also added that the procedure for issuing tenders for gender parks had started. Women empowerment would be the sole objective of gender parks. The vigilante panels in the State, popularly known as ‘ jagratha samithis ’ had to be strengthened to make the State more women–friendly, he remarked.