Striving to remove barriers that prevent us from building Vibrant, Diverse, Inclusive, Accessible Communities!

 

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Removing Barriers

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As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, the need for peace and unity has never been more pressing.

Baha'is around the world are working tirelessly to remove barriers that prevent us from building vibrant communities where everyone can thrive. From combating gender inequality to promoting racial harmony, and removing barriers that prevent People with Disabilities and other marginalized community members from participating in activities and events, programs and services, and being provided accessible materials. These efforts are part of a larger movement towards establishing the spiritual foundations for lasting peace and security for all humanity. Through our collective action and dedication, Baha'is are inspiring others to join us in this noble endeavor, and together, we are creating a brighter future for generations to come.

‘Abdu’l-Bahá saw in World War I a harrowing lesson of the human necessity for peace – and of the darkness that can ensue without peace. He knew and wrote extensively that nothing short of the establishment of the spiritual foundations for peace could result in lasting peace and security for humanity. In His written works, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá repeatedly draws our attention to the need for establishing the spiritual prerequisites for peace, requisites which, in turn, remove the barriers to peace, such as racial prejudice, sexism, economic inequalities, sectarianism, and nationalism. - Shahrzad Sabet

In a letter To the Believers in the Cradle of the Faith Abdu’l-Bahá has explained: 

There are, of course, many pressing issues that occupy the minds of those striving to promote the prosperity and well-being of Iran. Chief among them is, no doubt, the critical need to remove barriers hindering the progress of women in society. - Messages from the Baha'i World Centre

The Universal House of Justice has written Letters which offer Guidance on learning to transcend traditional barriers that divide people.  

In one letter, The Universal House of Justice tells us: In the affairs of the Bahá’í community, Bahá’ís are learning to transcend traditional barriers that divide people in the wider society and exacerbate tensions among people from different religious backgrounds. Shoghi Effendi explained that “every organized community enlisted under the banner of Bahá’u’lláh should feel it to be its first and inescapable obligation to nurture, encourage, and safeguard every minority belonging to any faith, race, class, or nation within it.” One example is the way in which all minorities, including those from a religious minority background, are encouraged in their participation. “If any discrimination is at all to be tolerated”, Shoghi Effendi has for instance stated when discussing the corrosive effects of prejudice, “it should be a discrimination not against, but rather in favour of the minority, be it racial or otherwise.” - Universal House of Justice letter, 27 December, 2017

In another letter, The Universal House of Justice tells us: As the intensity of community-building work in a cluster increases, the friends there inevitably become more conscious of social, economic, or cultural barriers that are impeding people’s spiritual and material progress. Children and junior youth lacking support in their education, pressures on girls resulting from traditional customs related to early marriage, families needing help with navigating unfamiliar systems of healthcare, a village struggling for want of some basic necessity, or long-standing prejudices arising from a legacy of hostility between different groups... 

In reflecting on such situations it becomes evident that, within clusters, expansion and consolidation, social action, and contributing to prevalent discourses are dimensions of a single, unified, outward-looking endeavour carried out at the grassroots of society. All these efforts are pursued according to a common framework for action, and this above all else brings coherence to the overall pattern of activity.

Read these letters from the Universal House of Justice in full context.

The need for peace, unity and justice has never been more pressing than in today's interconnected world. The lessons of World War I, as seen by ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, are still relevant today. Baha'is around the world are working tirelessly to remove barriers that prevent us from building vibrant communities where everyone can thrive, whether it's fighting gender inequality, promoting racial harmony, or removing barriers preventing people with disabilities from participating fully. These efforts are part of a larger movement towards establishing the spiritual foundations for lasting peace and security for all humanity. As the Universal House of Justice has explained, transcending traditional barriers that divide people is a vital part of this effort. By working together and pursuing a common framework for action, we can create a brighter future for generations to come. Let us all strive to remove barriers and promote true unity in diversity, so that we may build a world where everyone can thrive and live in peace.

Removing Barriers title displayed prominently atop a construction barricade. Subtitles positioned above the barrier indicate various aspects of barriers: Related to Race, Related to Gender, Related to Age, For People with Disabilities, and Related to Culture. Subtitles positioned below the community access barrier list specific areas affected: To Programs, Services, Events, Life Activities, Information and Communications, and Full and Equitable Participation.

 

Striving to remove barriers that prevent us from building a Diverse, Vibrant, Inclusive, Accessible Community!

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