Baha’i representatives at the U.S. Baha’i Office of Public Affairs (OPA) in Washington, D.C. collaborate with a wide range of organizations and coalitions — including many interfaith and human rights groups, as well as branches of the U.S. government and various UN entities— to promote gender equality and the advancement of women. This critical work includes advocating for policies in the United States that support gender equality, combating violence against women, and engaging men and boys in these issues as equal partners and allies.
Staff members at OPA have served in leadership capacities on a number of coalitions related to the above priorities, have engaged local Baha’i communities in supporting these initiatives, have hosted or co-hosted special events and programs in the nation’s capital to draw attention to these themes, and have compiled reports and educational materials that have informed policy making.
OPA has also been involved in initiatives and advocacy in a number of areas, including:
- The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
- The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)
- The International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA)
- Peace and International Development
Finally, the Office is expanding its use of new media to encourage awareness and dialogue about a wide variety of domestic and international issues related to Gender Equality and the Advancement of Women.