« The truth is that women are the potential power of every civilisation and every country. It is evident that women are the creators and the preservers of the entire humankind. »
What most of the women in the East would regard as very humiliating and degrading is regarded as something very glorifying in the West. I have seen both the worlds very deeply and I feel that unless and until you bring a new culture by which women from the East and women from the West can both rise in their own esteem and express themselves in such a way that they create high moral standards for their society, women neither in the East nor in the West will rise to their full stature of feminine speciality.
The speciality is that if women are respected for their womanhood, understanding what they are capable of and how they can empower themselves with all the education needed, all the security will be provided to them and they will provide security to the society.
…The West is now full of problems. Though they have money, they don’t have peace within and without. The truth is that women are the potential power of every civilisation and every country. It is evident that women are the creators and the preservers of the entire humankind. This is the role that the almighty God has assigned to them. Seeds cannot create anything by themselves. It is the Mother Earth which provides the flowers and the fruits and other bounties. Similarly, it is the woman who creates the child, who nurtures the baby and eventually brings up the citizen of tomorrow. Women must therefore rank with Mother Earth as the edifice of the entire humanity.
Unfortunately, men have utilised muscle power to gain a dominating position over women. They have not recognised that women are complementary and equal but not similar partners in human endeavours. A society that does recognise this fundamental truth and does not given to women their rightful role is not a civilised society.
Shree Mataji Nirmala Devi,
September 1995 at the 4thUN interregional round table Beijing.