The next section of the document focuses on overcoming oppression through the acquisition of self-knowledge:

Thirst for knowledge is one of the greatest forces that can shape one’s purpose, andunderstanding is one of the most precious gifts a human being can possess. Among thegreatest forms of oppression is that a person desiring knowledge and seeking the truth shouldnot know where to find it and from what source to seek it. To know who we are and thepurpose for which we have been created is one of the most profound yearnings of the humansoul. And yet, this self-knowledge is denied to so many by the oppressive forces at play inall societies. Around the world, women and men are taught false conceptions about who theyare, what their true nature is, and what conduces to their happiness and fulfillment. Theirinherent nobility and potential is denied. Violence against women and girls, carried out everyday, often in the most brutal forms, poses an immediate threat to millions and perpetuates inmen harmful attitudes and habits that are carried from the family to the workplace, to politicallife, and ultimately to international relations. Resolving this pressing challenge is not just aquestion of changing attitudes but also structures—structures which exist at the level of laws, regulations and policies but which are also social, cultural and mental.

 

Read Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV.

 

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