Diamond Light
Newsletter of the Aquarian Age Community
2017 No. 1
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The New Age of Balance within the United Nations

Maria Calegari

The approaching great epoch is closely connected with the ascendancy of woman. As in the best days of humanity, the future epoch will again offer woman her rightful place alongside her eternal fellow traveler and co-worker man. You must remember that the grandeur of the Cosmos is built by the dual Origin. Is it possible therefore to belittle one Element of it?1

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 fly.2

 


On International Women's Day, 8 March 2017, the UN Secretary-General Mr. António Guterres echoed the above thoughts: "Women's rights are human rights"...Historic imbalances in power relations between men and women exacerbated by growing inequalities within and between societies and countries are leading to greater discrimination against women and girls"...Denying the rights of women and girls is not only wrong in itself; it has serious social and economic impact that holds us all back"...Gender equality has a transformational effect that is essential to fully functioning communities, societies, and economies."

"Gender Equality" (Sustainable Development Goal #5) is leading the way.  There has never been a stronger message on behalf of the need for balance between women and men at the UN. As an example, we can look to the highest levels of office with the appointment of Deputy Secretary-General Ms. Amina J. Mohammed. Before joining the UN Ms. Mohammed served as a special advisor on the Millennium Development Goals and as Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from 2013-2016. 

Taking on another high level leadership role is UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka. In July 2010, the UN General Assembly created UN Women, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment for Women, whose slogan is, "Empower Women, Change the World".  In a statement on 6 April 2017, Ms. Ngcuka emphasized the importance of this Goal, stating that building gender equality is "a shared responsibility, needing action in all sectors and by everyone: public and private sectors, men and women alike."

The fine work of many countries and individuals on behalf of women's rights is well represented in the UN Women website. From diverse countries one can see all the good work that is being achieved.  Ms. Ani Jilozian is a research and data specialist at the Women's Support center in Armenia, which has been supported by the UN Trust Fund to end violence against women. Ms. Jilozian notes that "ultimately this violence stems from patriarchy."

And so we need to understand that we are working towards transforming widespread and entrenched imbalances that were created throughout the centuries of a patriarchal society. Systems in which women were relegated to only their natural divine roles as mothers and care givers. One hundred years ago here in the United States, American women stood up for their rights as citizens  through the Suffragette Movement, and demanded equality with men in all areas of work and government. Women eagerly took on many traditional male roles leading to new views of women's potentialities.

When considering gender equality within the UN we might also look towards gender bias that has been attributed to the nations themselves throughout history. France has been considered feminine, Germany masculine. But we know from the Ageless Wisdom Teachings and the writings of Alice Bailey that nations are in fact gender neutral possessing a soul ray that guides and protects. If we can reflect on this idea, of the recognition of the soul destiny of nations, we too are aiding in creating right balance.

When UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson delivered her iconic speech for the HeForShe campaign, she stated that if we live in a world where men occupy the majority positions of power, we then need the men to believe in the necessity of change. On the HeForShe website we can see many men, leaders of countries and CEOs that have pledged to be champions of women's equality. The most recent (1 May 2017) was the President of the General Assembly, Mr. Peter Thompson, who became an International Gender Champion and reaffirmed his own commitment to equality within his own office and in senior management levels.

We can close by reflecting on Ms. Watson's words to stop violence of all forms against women: "Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong"...It is time that we all perceive gender on a broader spectrum, not as two opposing sets of ideals"...If we stop defining each other by what we are not and start defining each other by what we are"”[then,] we can all be free."

The New Age of Balance is here. Aided by the Aquarian Age ideas of sisterhood and brotherhood and freedom in all forms, the bird with two equal wings can fly. Let us all do our part and have our voices heard.  


1 Letters of Helena Roerich Vol. I, 1 March 1929, Agni Yoga Society, NY.

2 The Promulgation of Universal Peace: Talks Delivered by "˜Abdu'l-Bahá...1912", p. 375 [39].


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