Women and the Olympics

Female Saudi Arabian athletes at the London Olympic ceremony.

This year’s Olympic games have marked a special milestone in history. For the first time in the history of the Olympics, every participating country has at least one female participant.

Even more amazing is the fact that Saudi Arabia, a country widely known for banning women drivers within its borders, has sent its own contingent of female athletes. Whether or not the number of female athletes allowed to participate increases for future Olympic games remains to be seen. However, imagine the impact of the image above on a ten-year old girl living in Sudan who is seeing the Olympic games for the first time on television. This little girl is now aware that there are possibilities for her beyond her current situation.

Baha’i children

The advancement of women in all aspects of society is one of the primary tenets of the Baha’i Faith. Bahá’u’lláh, founder of the Baha’i Faith, tells us:
“In this Day the Hand of divine grace hath removed all distinctions. The servants of God and His handmaidens are regarded on the same plane. Blessed is the servant who hath attained unto that which God hath decreed, and likewise the leaf moving in accordance with the breezes of His will. This favour is great and this station lofty. His bounties and bestowals are ever present and manifest”.

To hear more about the tenets of the Baha’i Faith and what we’re doing to advance the status of women in the world, contact the Baha’is of Arlington, Virginia.