Gender Equality and the Advancement of Women


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Guided by the belief that the equality of women and men is not only a desirable social condition but a spiritual truth, the U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs (OPA) has collaborated for over 30 years with a wide range of civil society organizations and U.S. government agencies to promote gender equality and the advancement of women. This critical work includes advocating for policies in the United States that support women’s full and equal participation in all spheres of human endeavor, eliminating violence against women and girls, and engaging men and boys in advancing justice as equal partners and allies.

OPA representatives serve in leadership capacities on coalitions and working groups, host and facilitate discussions engaging diverse participants and perspectives, and contribute content to various forums to advance public discourse and collective action in a number of specific areas, including:

  • Women, peace and security
  • Legislative efforts to advance the status of women and address barriers to equality,
    including the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
    (CEDAW), the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and the International Violence Against
    Women Act (IVAWA)
  • Engaging men and boys in advancing gender equality
  • Ensuring full and equal participation of women and men in work, family and community life

In all these areas, OPA collaborates with others in a spirit of learning to facilitate thoughtful dialogue and to contribute to the evolution of public opinion and policy.

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