The Advancement of Women


alternate textBaha’i delegates to the 57th Commission on the Status
of Women held at the United Nations.

Guided by the principle of equality of women and men, the Baha’is of the U.S./UN Office has been working on the advancement of women since the inception of the United Nations. This topic has many dimensions, but the Office is currently focused on activities related to the elimination of violence against women and the role of men and boys in establishing equality.

U.S./UN Office Involvement

The NGO Committee on the Status of Women is the central non-governmental coalition at the UN advocating for the advancement of women and girls worldwide. It supports the work of both the UN Commission on the Status of Women and UN Women, which is a specialized agency of the UN created to support intergovernmental cooperation, to assist in government implementation of policies related to the advancement of women, and to hold the UN system accountable on issues related to gender equality.

The Office representative has served as co-chair of the Committee’s Subcommittee on the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The representative has also assisted in the NGO Consultation Day, which is part of the Commission on the Status of Women, as well as participated in panels for the annual Commission. As a member of the Working Group on Girls, the Office representative serves on a task force whose central work and mission is to protect girls from violence. The representative has also organized events in support of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence and for the UN campaign called the Say NO – UNiTE To End Violence Against Women.

alternate textParticipants of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based
Violence Campaign event at the Baha’i Offices in New York.

Additionally, the Office consistently advocates for the importance of including men and boys in dialogues about gender equality and in combating gender-based violence. For example, the representative has interacted with members of the UN Secretary-General’s Network of Men Leaders initiative, which focuses on men’s role in ending violence against women.

The representative has also prepared a number of interactive presentations at various settings on “Advancing Toward the Equality of Women and Men.” This seminal statement — from a Baha’i-inspired non-profit organization called The Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity — probes “issues that lie at the heart of the struggle for the equality of women and men.” Some of these issues include the concept of human nature, the role of education, empowerment and the concept of power, and the role of institutions, among others.

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