Friday, March 10, 2006

Equality of men and women

Baha’i writings about women:

“The equality of men and women is not, at the present time, universally applied. In those areas where traditional inequality still hampers its progress, Baha'is are called to take the lead in practicing the equality of men and women. Baha’i women and girls are encouraged to take part in the social, spiritual and administrative activities of their communities.”..She must become proficient in the arts and sciences and prove by her accomplishments that her abilities and powers have merely been latent. Demonstrations of force, are neither becoming nor effective in the cause of womanhood and equality.” “Women must endeavor to attain greater perfection, to be men’s equal in every respect, to make progress in all in which she has been backward, so that men will be compelled to acknowledge her equality of capacity and attainment”

Importance of equality given a high station in Baha’i faith.

“The emancipation of women, the achievement of full equality between the sexes, is one of the most important, though less acknowledged prerequisites of peace. The denial of such equality perpetrates an injustice against one half of the world’s population and promotes in men harmful attitudes and habits, which are carried from the family, to the workplace, to political life, and ultimately to international relations. There are no grounds, moral, practical, or biological, upon which such denial can be justified. Only as women are welcomed into full partnership in all fields of human endeavor will the moral and psychological climate be created in which international peace can emerge.”

While we empower ourselves, we need to educate men on how we approach things differently, and we need to learn also the rules of their game…so we can understand… much of the conflict is because of lack of understanding on both sides. This has been called the Age of women…. But this is not a gender issue. This is a quality…. for men as well as women.. With the balancing of the male and female aspects of mankind, will we see true progress in any venture we undertake including the Internet.

. “The world of humanity has two wings- one is women and the other men. Not until both wings are equally developed can the bird fly. Should one wing remain weak, flight is impossible. Not until the world of women become equal to the world of men in the acquisitions of virtues and perfection’s, can success and prosperity be attained as they ought to be”


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