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Equality of Women and Men: Issues of the 21 st Century. Sylvia Kaye University of Botswana. Overview. Assumption that Women and Men are equal in capacity Equality and the concept of Diversity Changes of Attitude and social structures needed Review of the Past Century

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overview
Overview
  • Assumption that Women and Men are equal in capacity
  • Equality and the concept of Diversity
  • Changes of Attitude and social structures needed
  • Review of the Past Century
  • Examination of Characteristics of Women and Men – Contribution of Women towards World Peace
  • Benefits
a new concept of civilisation
A New Concept of Civilisation
  • Civilisation is essentially spiritual in nature
  • Humanity is evolving to the unity of all people
  • Assumes the gradual changes of practices and attitudes
  • Profoundly challenges humanity in every way
bah writings
Bahá’í Writings:
  • “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 practices. 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 endeavor will the moral and psychological climate be created in which international peace can emerge.”
equality of men and women
Equality of Men and Women
  • Bahá’í Teachings:
    • Men and Women are compared to two wings of a bird
    • Education of women is necessary
    • Underlying purpose is unity, not polarisation
    • Sight of God, no differences exist
    • Differences are of function, not capacities
    • When equality of men and women is realised, foundations of war will be destroyed
inequalities of the past
Inequalities of the Past
  • Nearly all Cultures, all countries
  • Religions, Societies, Social Institutions
  • Not specifically forbidden by God
towards partnership
Towards Partnership
  • Shared responsibilities
  • Balance of Qualities
  • Balance of Roles
  • Benefits of Consultation
  • Establishment of Peace – qualities of women as peacemakers
women as peacemakers in africa
Women as Peacemakers in Africa
  • UN Study, 1998, African Women’s Report
  • Women more involved in sustainable peace-making efforts
  • Post-conflict settings
  • Unlocking potential of women to contribute towards peace
resistances to change
Resistances to change
  • Gender as a social construct
  • Gender defines us as humans
  • Social and community pressures
  • Make issue of equality of women and men only a women’s issue
  • Perpetuate our cultures, roles and definitions of male/female
changes
Changes
  • Benefits:
      • Eliminates the ugliness of Prejudice
      • Creates a true partnership
      • Allows all to act justly and fairly, justice is necessary for peace
      • Teaches children that equality is a reality
      • Allows for the appreciation of the beauty of all humanity
      • No longer have to exalt ourselves over others
      • Better educated children
      • Freedom for women to develop
how to effect change
How to effect change
  • Education
  • Social
  • Examples in the home
  • Religious
  • Political
beginning of a new history
Beginning of a new History
  • History of the Human Race
  • Advancement of a new civilisation