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bullet.gif (837 bytes) The Bahá'ís
bullet.gif (837 bytes) Unity in Diversity
bullet.gif (837 bytes) Bahá'u'lláh
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) Social and Moral
Teachings
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) Spiritual Beliefs of
the Bahá'í Faith
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) A System for
Global Governance
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) A Century of
Growth and
Expansion
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) New Approaches
to Old Problems
bullet1.gif (837 bytes) Towards the New
World Order

Women: unambiguous equality

For the first time in history, the Founder of a major world religion has explicitly stated that women and men are equal. The Bahá'í writings also state that:

Girls should be given preference over boys when educational opportunities and resources are limited.

In Bahá'í marriage, neither the husband nor the wife has a dominant voice.

Any apparent inequality between the capacities of women and men is due solely to the lack of educational opportunities so far open to women.

Around the world, women compose a high percentage of the elected national leadership in Bahá'í governing bodies (National Spiritual Assemblies).


Approximate Percent of Women serving on
National Spiritual Assemblies

AMERICA 37 % 36 % 38 % 38 % 37 % 37 %
EUROPE 28 % 28 % 29 % 30 % 32 % 33 %
AUSTRALAISIA 29 % 30 % 31 % 28 % 30 % 28 %
AFRICA 24 % 22 % 23 % 22 % 22 % 21 %
ASIA 17 % 16 % 18 % 20 % 20 % 20 %
1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992
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