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Principles for a Better World: "Two wings of a bird: Equality of men and women"

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The Cambridge Bahá’í community has organised a series of talks and discussions on several core principles and teachings of the Bahá’í Faith, entitled “Principles for a Better World”.

Talks will take place on Wednesdays from 8-9:30pm from mid-January to mid-April on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month. All talks are free and open to all, and light refreshments will be served.

The title of this talk is “Two wings of a bird: Equality of men and women” .

For most of history, women have been subjugated to a lesser status than men. Although this is gradually starting to change, much progress still needs to be made. According to the Bahá’í teachings, it is not enough simply to give women all the same benefits currently afforded to men. Rather, both men and women need to advance together. The analogy used in the Bahá’í Writings is that of a bird: “The world of humanity has two wings — one is women and the other men. Not until both wings are equally developed can the bird fly. Should one wing remain weak, flight is impossible. Not until the world of women becomes equal to the world of men in the acquisition of virtues and perfections, can success and prosperity be attained as they ought to be.” In this talk, we will explore this important principle and its implications for society and our lives.

“The well-being of mankind, its peace and security, are unattainable unless and until its unity is firmly established.”

This talk is part of the Cambridge University Bahá'í Society series.

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