The world has reached a critical point in its development.  The decisions we make will lead us to a prosperous and peaceful world, in which each individual contributes to the advancement of civilization; or to a world in which the human spirit is held captive by antiquated cultural practices, a world in which heinous crimes are committed upon its people (mostly women and girls) on a daily basis.  One future is heaven and the other is hell.  The advancement of women and girls is the key to unlocking the processes leading to sustainable development, global prosperity and world peace.

As early as the 19th Century, Abdu’l-Baha recognized the importance of women in achieving peace:

“When all mankind shall receive the same opportunity of education and the equality of men and women be realized, the foundations of war will be utterly destroyed.  Without equality this will be impossible because all differences and distinction are conducive to discord and strife.”

So important is the advancement of women and girls that he recommended that daughters be given priority over sons, in regard to education.

“ ….training and culture of daughters is more necessary than that of sons, for girls will one day be mothers, and mothers are the first educators of the new generation. If it is not possible, therefore, for a family to educate all the children, preference is to be accorded to daughters since, through educated mothers, the benefits of knowledge can be most effectively and rapidly diffused throughout society.”

Implicit in the above statement is that empowered, educated mothers can train their sons to become men of strong moral character, something that is sorely lacking in today’s world.

Numerous other benefits will accrue to society with the advancement of women; including their special contributions to the various fields of science; based on their mental alertness, intuition, and spiritual qualities of love and service, in which women are strong.

“The world in the past has been ruled by force, and man has dominated over women by reason of his more forceful and aggressive qualities both of body and mind. But the balance is 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 the feminine ideals — or, to speak more exactly, will be an age in which the masculine and feminine elements of civilization will be more evenly balanced.”

For the reasons stated above, will aggressively promote the advancement of women in its future posts.  I sincerely hope that the readers of will take advantage of the valuable information that will be posted relative to this important topic.

Eric Harmsen, Pragwater Administrator

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95+19 Youth Conferences

Over the next few months, 114 youth conferences will be held at locations throughout the world. The purpose of the conferences is to inspire and empower a generation of youth who are transforming their communities through acts of service. In large part, these youth represent a group known as Junior Youth Group animators. Animators lead small groups (5 to 15, ages 11-15), through a training process, which will enable them to become youth leaders and a positive force for transforming the world.

Check back here periodically to see new photos from the conferences as they become available.


Youth attending the conference in San José, Costa Rica.  Youth from Central America and Puerto Rico are attending this conference.

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Youth from Papua New Guinea traveling to their Conference.

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Youth from Puerto Rico Arriving at the conference in San José, Costa.

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Cali, Colombia Youth Conference

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Facilitators arriving in Frankfort Germany, to plan the Frankfort conference.

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Santiago, Chile

Burundi Youth Conference

Brazil Conference

Building Communities on a Global Scale

Frontiers of Learning Video

This video presents examples of Baha’i community development projects in Colombia, Canada, India and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Active projects currently exist in thousands of communities around the world. The implications of these projects for the future of society cannot be overestimated.   Transformations are occurring on the level of culture and youth are actively engaged as leaders in these projects.




Stand with Malala

We are in the middle of an Education Emergency:

At this moment there are 57 million children without access to education and millions more who aren’t learning in school. Working together, we can lower that number to zero by 2015.

On July 12 — less than a year after she was shot by the Taliban for her strong voice in this fight — Malala Yousafzai will mark her 16th birthday by delivering the highest leadership of the UN a set of education demands written by youth, for youth, to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

We can’t stand on the UN floor next to Malala — but we can all stand with her. Sign this letter to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to show your demand for emergency action in support for Malala’s education fight.

Learn more.

Sign petition.