Equality of Women and Men
For sixty years, the Baha'i International Community’s United Nations Office has worked for women’s advancement and gender equality, through its participation and contributions to the session of the Commission on the Status of Women, through strengthening the UN’s gender mechanisms and through supporting the programmes and implementation efforts of its national affiliates. Our office has played a lead role in bringing women’s voices from around the world to bear on UN issues. Along with our national affiliates, we have been involved in each of the UN world conferences on women and children and led the NGO Committee on the Status of Women during the 4th World Conference on Women (Beijing). We continue to work closely with UNICEF and UN Women to address issues related to women's and girls' education, their health and security, racism, and violence against women. We believe that the achievement of full equality between the sexes is one of the most important prerequisites of peace.
UN Forum calls for a comprehensive approach to women’s empowerment for the post-2015 agenda:
5 December 2013 (United Nations):
The post-2015 development agenda needs a comprehensive goal to promote the equality of women and men, according to panelists at a major UN forum on women’s issues and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Speakers at the forum, held 4-5 December 2013, also said that theRead more...
Member States Reach Agreed Conclusions on Violence Against Women:
11 April 2013 (New York):
Alongside NGOs from around the world, the Baha'i International Community advocated for a positive outcome for the 57th Commission on the Status of Women, the priority theme for which was preventing andRead more...
Causes of violence against women examined at UN:
11 April 2013 (New York):
Breaking the cycle of violence against women will require basic changes at the level of culture, attitudes and beliefs – including a fundamental reconception of prevailing notions of power.
These were among the ideas offered to this year's United Nations Commission on the Status ofRead more...
Call for change in the culture of violence against women and girls:
7 March 2013 (New York):
Delegates from Australia, Namibia and the US have arrived for the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, the theme for which is the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women andRead more...
Forum at UN discusses role of rural women farmers:
6 March 2012 (New York):
Listening to and supporting rural women is fundamental to ending poverty and hunger, and achieving peace and development that is sustainable.
That was the message from Michelle Bachelet, executive director of UN Women, who opened the annual UN Commission on the Status ofRead more...