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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, pragwater.com will aggressively promote the advancement of women in its future posts. I sincerely hope that the readers of pragwater.com will take advantage of the valuable information that will be posted relative to this important topic.
Eric Harmsen, Pragwater Administrator
Gordon Brown is a United Nations Special Envoy on Global Education. He was formerly the UK’s prime minister.
Excellent Article and videos on the work of these brave girls.
(CNN) — Today we can tell the remarkable story of Shazia Ramzan, a 15-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl.
Last October Shazia was travelling home from school with her friend Malala Yousafzai when a Taliban gunman boarded their bus and shot both of them. Malala suffered head and facial injuries and had to be rushed to hospital in the UK. Shot in the neck and arm, Shazia spent a month in hospital while her deep wounds healed. Both were attacked by terrorists who wanted to stop girls going to school. Read more…
17 June 2013 – A 15-year-old Pakistani girl targeted by assassins – Malala Yousafzai – is the first signatory of a new worldwide petition calling for urgent action to ensure the right of every child to safely attend school, launched today with the backing of the United Nations Special Envoy for Education.