Advancing the Equality of Women and Men
6 February 2017, together with Religions for Peace UK Women of Faith Network, the UK Baha’i Community hosted an evening of reflective devotions and discussions at the UK National Baha’i Centre on the theme of gender equality, as part of the global observance of Interfaith Harmony Week.
Individuals from the Baha’i, Brahma Kumaris, Christian, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Zoroastrian communities came together to share prayers and readings on gender equality from the different world religions.
This was followed by discussions on the barriers to gender equality and the role of education both spiritual and secular in advancing equality.
Ravinder Kaur Nijjar, Chair of Religions for Peace UK Women of Faith Network, said “Education of a child begins at the point of conception. A first step towards equality lies in educating ourselves spiritually, and recognising the Divine light in each other.”
Outcomes from the discussions recognised that gender inequality fundamentally hinders human progress, and that men too will be held back from manifesting their full potential unless and until the reality of the equality between women and men is fully established and attained.
As part of the evening, an exhibition titled “The Dignity of Women-Scriptural Reflections” was on display, relating verses from the world religious Scriptures on the honour and status of women.
Reflecting on the great strides that still need to be made in advancing the equality of women and men, Tom Bell reminded those present of the words of the Universal House of Justice, that “Small steps, if they are regular and rapid, add up to a great distance travelled.”