For sixty years, the Bahá'í International Community’s United Nations Office has worked for women’s advancement and gender equality, through its participation and contributions to the session of the Commission on the Status of Women, through strengthening the UN’s gender mechanisms and through supporting the programmes and implementation efforts of its national affiliates. Our office has played a lead role in bringing women’s voices from around the world to bear on UN issues. Along with our national affiliates, we have been involved in each of the UN world conferences on women and children and led the NGO Committee on the Status of Women during the 4th World Conference on Women (Beijing). We continue to work closely with UNICEF and UNIFEM to address issues related to women's and girls' education, their health and security, racism, and violence against women. We believe that the achievement of full equality between the sexes is one of the most important prerequisites of peace.