Bahai News - One Voice events to celebrate women
One Voice events to celebrate women
By Rachel Campbell
USC's Baha'i Club will be organizing various activities next week for the
One Voice Campaign, which is dedicated to promoting gender equality.
Student-organized Baha'i clubs on college campuses across the country will
be participating in the One Voice Campaign.
The campaign coincides with the observation of International Women's Day and
the effort aimed at the U.S. Senate to ratify the United Nations convention
on elimination of all forms of discrimination against women. The United
States is the only democracy in the world that has not ratified the treaty.
Baha'i Club members will be in Hahn Plaza from Monday through Thursday
handing out statements of their beliefs to promote awareness of the group.
They will also be making presentations to deans and directors on campus to
further the faculty's understanding of the Baha'i faith.
"The Baha'i writings state clearly that the achievement of full equality
between women and men is essential to the progress of civilization, and
requires the full commitment of women as well as men to its realization,"
said Arghavan Rahimpour, a club member and a sophomore majoring in
psychobiology. "I hope that by having as many people as possible participate
in the local One Voice Campaign, we will do our little part to advance the
cause of equality."
The Baha'i faith was founded over a century ago by Baha'u'llah, who said,
"Women and men have been and will always be equal in the sight of God."
"We promote the fundamental unity of oneness and the independent
investigation of truth," said Samir Koirala, a club member and a graduate
student in neurobiology.
A statement issued by the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of the
United States explains the plan for human development and prosperity: "The
world of humanity is possessed of two wings: the male and the female. So
long as these two wings are not equivalent in strength, the bird will not
"For me, this club represents the foundation of my belief system, and
through this club I can work for what I believe in," Rahimpour said. "Right
now is the time for action, and through this club I can do that to achieve
oneness of humanity."
The Baha'i Club meets once or twice a week, depending on the number of
upcoming activities the club is sponsoring. The club currently has eight
members and is open to anyone, regardless of religious background or
"The club is open to anyone dedicated to racial unity," said Tajalli Greengus,
a club member and a senior majoring in Spanish.
For more information, call Greengus at (213) 764-1457.
Wilma Ellis will speak about the equality of women and men in the Leavey
Library Auditor-ium at 6 p.m. Tuesday. She will hold an informal discussion
in Sierra Apartments at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
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