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Sri Guru Granth Sahib Stanza Included In UN Official Video On Gender Equality

By: Krishma | April 2, 2021

On the 4th Anniversary of the United Nations Faith for Rights declaration, the UN Office of the High commissioner on Human Rights has shared a short video on gender equality which contains a stanza from Guru Granth Sahib, the holy book of the Sikh religion. In the video, the stanza is read by renowned scholar and human rights activist Dr Iqtidar Cheema. 

Speaking at the conference, Cheema said that Guru Granth sahib carries a universal message. He said that the condition of women at the time of Guru Nanak was very deplorable as under the Brahmanical caste system, women were given a low status in life. But Guru Nanak strongly voiced for equal status of women, he added.
"Honoured to contribute to @UNshort video with readings from #Interfaith core texts," Cheema wrote in a tweet while sharing the video on the micro-blogging site.
According to an official statement, he said that he was honoured to get three stanzas of Guru Granth Sahib included in the UN faith for rights declaration and also to read the stanza about women rights in the UN official video. Also Read: 5 Punjabi Juttis That Give You That Perfect Patola Look!

The conference on Faith for Rights was held on March 30 and was attended by UN Human Rights chief Michelle Bachelet, Dr. Iqtidar Cheema, and various UN special rapporteurs and civil society organisations. During the conference, Dr. Cheema also recalled how Sikh religious leader Guru Nanak called on the society for equal rights and status for women at a time when they were being oppressed by radical rituals set under the Brahmanical caste system.  Also Read: Actress - Chandigarh MP Kirron Kher Battles Blood Cancer, Undergoing Treatment In Mumbai
‘Faith for Rights’ also known as the Beirut Declaration was adopted by the UN Human Rights Council in 2017. The primary objective of the framework is to encourage the development of peaceful societies, which uphold human dignity and equality for all and where diversity is not just tolerated but fully respected and celebrated.


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