gender equality

The struggle for gender equality and particularly the emancipation of women is one of the most insiprational movements for human equality. Women continue to struggle for equality. Women and children are disproportionally represented among the poor and the excluded.

Martha Root — An Astonishing Life

Today I am at a Baha’i meeting, and I want to say thank you for the blessing of having such times in my life. To each and every soul who helps to make so many of those gatherings a veritable corner of paradise — thank you. This morning we are reflecting on the life of Martha Root, a woman whose…

Women and Men Have Been and Will Always Be Equal

Students and teachers of Tarbiyat Girls school - gender equality

“Women and men have been and will always be equal in the sight of God.”[1] With these words, Bahá’u’lláh challenges the age old oppression of women. Thus, the following concept applies as much in respect of gender equality as elsewhere: Know ye not why We created you all from the same dust? That no one should exalt himself over…

Pitch Perfect 2 – Feminist Storytelling

Pitch Perfect 2 promo

Warning, this one has some plot spoilers. Pitch Perfect 2, is a great dose of quirky, catchy and exuberant musical fun. And just for fun here are the Barden Bellas with their re-mix of Just the Way You Are from the first Pitch Perfect movie.   But this fun movie has a serious message, not…


Humans are complex beings.  The movie “Belle” (director Amma Assante) explores human complexity, particularly as it manifests in everyday human relationships. The movie is set in the late eighteenth century at the height of the transatlantic slave trade.  Dido Elizabeth Belle (played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is the central character of the movie.  She was born into…

Oppression of Women: Gender Apartheid

Full equality of men and women has not been achieved anywhere in the world.   What has been achieved has taken a century and a half.  In some parts of the world, women’s rights are so comprehensively denied that comparisons with apartheid are inadequate to capture the depth of deprivation.