At the core of this blog is the document, “Advancing Towards the Equality of Women and Men.” Below is the first part of the document:
Establishing the equality of women and men in society is a matter of vital importance to human advancement and one which has occupied the minds and driven the efforts of many people. Undoubtedly great advances have been made over the years in promoting this principle through the contributions of feminist thought and numerous individuals and groups acting in different social spaces around the world. Yet, despite these efforts to accord women full equality with men, numerous challenges still exist.
In this document the Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity draws attention to a few of these challenges and examines them in the light of certain principles and aims that can potentially shape our responses to them. The thoughts offered here are a result of the endeavors of the Bahá’í community, since its inception, to put into practice the principle of the equality of women and men in its activities worldwide and the Institute’s decade-long efforts to generate learning and gain insights about issues of global concern in collaboration with others.
The purpose of this working document is to invite dialogue and reflection on the challenges that face everyone who is actively contributing to the cause of the equality of women and men, as a means of advancing collective efforts toward the realization of this goal. The ideas conveyed here presume that the equality of men and women is a fundamental truth about human reality and not just a desired condition to be achieved for the good of society. The reality of the human being is his or her soul; and the soul, we firmly believe, has no sex. Men and women exhibit physical differences that undeniably influence some aspects of how they experience the world. Yet, in their essence, in their qualities and potentialities, in those aspects that make human beings human, men and women are without distinction. Neither can claim superiority over the other. “Women and men have been and will always be equal in the sight of God.” It is therefore imperative that the equality that already exists as a spiritual truth be expressed in practice.
Why is the distinction between a gender equality as a fundamental truth rather than a condition to be attained for the good of society an important distinction? How do you go about promoting this fundamental truth? How can we ensure the differences in the way men and women experience the world don’t overshadow the ways in which men and women are equal?
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