Stories in Volume 23, Issue 4 — January 2016-December 2016

Gender Equality

At the intersection of faith and feminism, a new discourse emerges at the UN

NEW YORK— Around the world, the high cost of gender inequality can be seen in all cultures and societies.  Violence against women is pervasive, affecting more than one-third of women worldwide, while women almost everywhere are paid less for doing the same jobs as... Read more

New Patterns of Community Life in an Urbanizing World

The following is adapted from a statement of the Bahá’í International Community to the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), held 17-20 October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador. Urbanization in its current incarnation is not a... Read more
Humanitarian Summit

Can community-building activities at the grassroots improve disaster resilience?

TANNA, Vanuatu — In March 2015, a severe tropical cyclone swept across the island chain of Vanuatu in the South Pacific. With winds racing up to 250 kilometers per hour, Cyclone Pam took a path directly over Tanna, one of the southernmost islands in the Vanuatu... Read more
Religious Freedom

Growing recognition that freedom of religion is essential in the effort to prevent violent extremism

LONDON — With its high arches, ornate chandeliers, and golden-topped columns, the Locarno Suite at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office embodies the essence of the old-world establishment. But the ideas presented there at a recent conference reflect the latest... Read more
Human Rights

“I knew he was a Bahá’í.”

Killer’s confession exemplifies continuing persecution of Iranian Bahá’ís — and growing public resistance to it. The events preceding the brutal stabbing of Farhang Amiri outside his home in Yazd, Iran, last September seemed to begin innocently enough. Two young men... Read more

In Chile, a new House of Worship breaks architectural boundaries — and stirs a new sense of community

SANTIAGO — From an architectural point of view, the recently completed Bahá’í House of Worship here is a stunning achievement, pushing both the aesthetic and technical frontiers for religious buildings in new directions. Aesthetically speaking, it is visually unique: a... Read more

Did the creation of Agenda 2030 forge a new way of engaging on global issues for humanity’s future?

Even before it was unanimously adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015, Agenda 2030 was widely talked about as being “historic” and, even, “transformative.” Built around 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), the 15-year global development plan seeks to... Read more