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Equality between woman and man forms one of the cardinal beliefs of the Bahá’ís around the world.
Scriptural Texts:
…let it be known once more that until woman and man recognize and realize equality, social and political progress here or anywhere will not be possible. For the world of humanity consists of two parts or members: one is woman; the other is man.Until these two members are equal in strength, the oneness of humanity cannot be established, and the happiness and felicity of mankind will not be a reality... – Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 76
...The emancipation of women, the achievement of full equality between the sexes, is one of the most important, though less acknowledged prerequisites of peace. The denial of such equality perpetrates an injustice against one half of the world’s population and promotes in men harmful attitudes and habits that are carried from the family to the workplace, to political life, and ultimately to international relations. There are no grounds, moral, practical, or biological, upon which such denial can be justified. Only as women are welcomed into full partnership in all fields of human endeavour will the moral and psychological climate be created in which international peace can emerge... - The Universal House of Justice, The Promise of World Peace, p 9
This manual has been developed by the National Spiritual Assembly for the purpose of providing informed, consistent, and explicit guidance to Local Spiritual Assemblies concerning domestic violence.