Resources on Faith, Ethics and Public Life

HIV/AIDS & Gender Equality: Transforming Attitudes and Behaviors

May 31, 2001

The statement "HIV/AIDS & Gender Equality: Transforming Attitudes and Behaviors" outlines the Baha'i perspective on critical issues surrounding the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Gender inequality, stigma, and the role of faith communities in mitigating both of these are the main focus. The Baha'i view is that as interaction between people of different faiths and cultures increases, the traditions and practices that discriminate against women will gradually give way; only spiritual transformation can fundamentally reduce negative behaviors that contribute to the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

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