Every year on March 8th the United Nations International Day for Women is celebrated all over the world. In Trinidad and Tobago booths are set up along the Brian Lara Promenade with literature and exhibits from various women’s organizations and their supporters march in groups, behind banners, along the streets of Port of Spain. Baha’i women will participate in this event as usual this year, because the cause of women is a very important issue in the Baha’i Faith. The event this year will be held on March 7th.
Baha’u’llah, the Founder of the Baha’i Faith declared His Mission in 1863 and passed away in 1892. During His lifetime He proclaimed laws and teachings relevant to the time in which we live, including the concepts of the Oneness of God, the Oneness of religion and the Oneness of mankind. A fundamental prerequisite to achieving the oneness of mankind is to establish equality between men and women. Equality of the sexes is, for Baha’is a spiritual and moral standard essential for the unification of the planet and the unfoldment of world order.
Baha’u’llah has declared that the happiness and stability of mankind will not be realised until women become equal to men. He says, “Humanity is like a bird with two wings – the one is male, the other female. Unless both wings are strong and impelled by some common force, the bird cannot fly heavenwards. According to the spirit of this age, women must advance and fulfil their mission in all departments of life, becoming equal to men. They must be on the same level as men and enjoy equal rights.”
The Baha’i Writings state that women will achieve equality with men through education. In the Baha’i world community the education of women has high priority. Although the principle of universal education applies to both sexes, the education of women, because they will become mothers and therefore are the first teachers of the children, is considered more important than that of men. If a choice has to be made then the education of girl children has priority. When women receive the same education and opportunities as men, they will become the counterpart of men in ability and capacity and will advance equally, for they are the ‘compliment and helpmate’ of each other. Only then will true progress and attainment for the human race be facilitated.
The Baha’i community of Trinidad and Tobago look forward to meeting all members of the public at our booth in Port of Spain on Friday March 7th.
Courtesy: The National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of Trinidad & Tobago
Office for the Advancement of Women