“He Who is your Lord, the All-Merciful, cherisheth in His heart the desire of beholding the entire human race as one soul and one body.”— Bahá’u’lláh
We believe that the equality of women and men is a facet of human reality and not just a condition to be achieved for the common good. That which makes human beings human—their inherent dignity and nobility—is neither male nor female. The search for meaning, for purpose, for community; the capacity to love, to create, to persevere, has no gender. This has profound implications for the organization of every aspect of human society. One of the fundamental teachings of the Bahá'í Faith is that men and women are equal and that the equality of the sexes is a spiritual and moral standard that is essential for the unification of the planet and the unfoldment of peace. The Bahá'í teachings note the importance of implementing the principle in individual, family, and community life. While the Bahá'í teachings assert the full spiritual and social equality of women to men, the notion of equality does not imply sameness and there are some aspects of gender distinctiveness or gender differentiation in certain areas of life. In localities across Uganda, Bahá'ís are endeavoring to establish patterns of community life and put in place institutional structures that reflect the belief in the fundamental equality of women and men.Read More
“The betterment of the world can be accomplished through pure and goodly deeds, through commendable and seemly conduct." – Shoghi Effendi, The Advent of Divine Justice
In our efforts to build capacity in undergraduate students, spaces have been created for not only learning about the betterment of society but also how to become protagonist to it construction. In this connection, the Baha'i community of Uganda has enabled youth to participate in a sequence of annual seminars offered by Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity (ISGP) and designed to accompany undergraduate students through four years of university studies. Each seminar is approximately ten days long. The purpose of these intensive seminars is to raise the consciousness of youth about the importance of participating in prevalent action oriented discourses directed towards social change; to develop their capacity to read their reality, to analyze, and to learn through study, action and reflection; to explore elements of a conceptual framework for contributing to the advancement of civilization; the seminars equip them with mental tools to understand and analyze the worldviews in which they are immersed as well as the content of the university courses they are studying; to help them assume ownership of their education; and to assist them in their efforts to acquire the kind of knowledge that will enable them to live fruitful, productive and meaningful lives.