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The principle of equality between women and men is both very important, urgent and relevant in our daily personal lives as well as for the society in which we live. Many contributions from Bahais and Bahai Inspiried institutions give a fresh perspective on the topic. I wanted to share just a few of them that I have found to be very valuable in understanding this principle better and that have challenged my own perceptions and opened my eyes to the many dimensions of this principle.

I would say to start with this article that you can find in Huffington Post as it is a very good start.

There is a paper written some years ago by Dr. Moojan Momen which is called “In all the ways that Matter, Women don`t Count” that I found to be very good. It [taken from the abstract] “argues that the Bahá’í goal of achieving the equality of women and men cannot be achieved merely by trying to advance the position of women in society. Rather, a much more radical change is needed to produce a more “feminine” society. At present power is perhaps the highest social value. It is therefore the basis for judgments about an individual’s worth and status. The Bahá’í Faith teaches that we must work towards a society with different values in which service and co-operation are more highly regarded. This has implications for understanding some of the other Bahá’í teachings such as refraining from partisan politics.

Another document is from ISGP. On the IPSG webpageone can read “The Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity (ISGP) is a non-profit organization, dedicated to building capacity in individuals, groups and institutions to contribute to prevalent discourses concerned with the betterment of society.” They have written a document titled “Advancing Toward the Equality of Women and Men “ which is very interesting.

Finally, there is a wonderful blog that is dedicated to this issue which is called “engendering equality”. This is, in my mind, well worth following as it gives many interesting perspectives on the matter and it has opened my eyes quite a bit.

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