Around March 8, I become a bit elusive regarding the celebrations of the International Women’s Day. As a matter of fact, I become sad that the UN gives women, half of our society, a day on their calendar, along with other events such as environment, Tuberculosis and even a world Tuna day.
On this day, I receive messages from friends, especially women, with different content, some have pictures of flowers, others are more abusive to men, such as portraying a man trapped in a glass high heel of a woman! Such messages add to my sadness and make me wonder if we really understand the meaning of women’s rights, and if these celebrations and messages will bring about equality and help advance our world to maturity.
There have been many steps taken so far for women’s rights, but not enough or as effective. The main issue remains: education. This is the pillar and the fortress for the advancement of women.
I have read a powerful statement from the writings of the Baha’i faith that I would like to share:
“The world in the past has been ruled by force and man has dominated over woman by reason of his more forceful and aggressive qualities both of body and mind. But the scales are already shifting, force is losing its weight, and mental alertness, intuition, and the spiritual qualities of love and service, in which woman is strong, are gaining ascendancy. Hence the new age will be an age, less masculine and more permeated with feminine ideals, or, to speak more exactly, will be an age in which the masculine and feminine elements of civilisation will be more properly balanced.”
Education is compulsory in the Baha’i faith, for both boys and girls, but if it becomes hard for a family to educate both, the education of the girl is given priority, as she is the potential mother who will educate the next generation. This education will become a great factor in abolishing wars, because women will use all their power to stop wars and conflicts.
The above comes with great responsibilities for women, who should strive to gain perfection, and to catch up in all fields that she has been, for centuries left behind, and to be man’s equal in every respect.
Let your achievements be your source of joy, the flower and card should be just a token.