Some Current Issues

What is the Baha’i position on the status of women?
The Baha’i writings clearly indicate that men and women are equal. From the spiritual point of view, there is no difference between women and men and there is no basis—moral, biological, or social—for discrimination on grounds of gender. Consequently, an essential equality of rights and opportunities between the two is upheld and promoted.

 

How do Baha’is view the environmental crisis and climate change?
Baha’is see the environmental crisis as one of a number of issues requiring a profound change in human behaviour. We believe that humanity is in a turbulent period of transition towards a unified global society. Humanity will be able to live in harmony with the natural environment when its spiritual and material potentials are given balanced attention.

 

Why are Baha’is persecuted in some countries?
Most new religions have been viewed with hostility by the older religious establishment, and the Baha’i Faith is no exception.

The Australian Baha’i community actively seeks the end of the severe repression of the Baha’i Faith in Iran (the land of its birth) and in some other countries.

The 300,000 Baha’is in Iran constitute that country’s biggest religious minority. Since the 1979 revolution many Baha’is have been killed, imprisoned, and deprived of employment and education solely because of their religious beliefs. This persecution continues today. You can find more information about it in the "News and Media" section of this Web site.