“Growing up in a world of gender discrimination at the end of the 1960s, I could very easily have become an activist in the feminist movement. Before that happened, I was introduced to the spiritual idea that I am not a body but a soul and to realise that every human being is a spiritual being, playing a role of specific gender on the world stage. Within the human spirit there are the masculine and feminine qualities, all of which are valuable. However, the founder of the Brahma Kumaris recognised that the natural feminine qualities, such as compassion, love and care, were very much needed in today’s world.

In 1936, when the Brahma Kumaris was founded, it was revolutionary to have women in leading and teaching roles – especially in the Indian subcontinent. The founder understood that equality could only be restored in the world by developing a relationship of mutual respect between men and women. He understood that affirmative action was necessary, in order to give women that opportunity and confidence.”

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