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Equality of Women and Men

" Bahá'ís believe that the achievement of full equality between the sexes is essential to human progress and the transformation of society. Inequality retards not only the advancement of women but the progress of civilization itself."
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For more than a century the United States Bahá'í community has been involved in advancing the status of women and bringing to realization the principle of the equality of women and men through involvement with like-minded local and national programs and organizations.

In 1998, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States released its statement on gender equality called " Two Wings of a Bird".  They have worked with others to ratify the United Nations' Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women ( CEDAW ), to help reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act ( VAWA ), and have participated in UN-sponsored world conferences on women.

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