Lady Sara Louisa Blomfield

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(Ireland 1859 - 1939)She is considered one of the most prominent women of her epoch.

 

life

 

 Lady Sara Louisa Blomfield [Sitarih Khanum] born in Ireland by catholic father and protestant mother, (their marriage did not last long because of religious tensions), she married a famous English architect, Sir Arthur Blomfield. The life of Sara Louisa unfolded through one of the most exciting ages of human history - from the second half of the nineteenth century and the first half of the twentieth - with all the social and political developments that characterized that era: the suffragist movement, the rise of Eastern religious thought, theosophy and spiritualism in Europe, World War 1, the modernization. She experienced the poverty of rural Ireland and the pomp of the royal court in London, but beyond this, Lady Blomfield dedicated her entire life to humanitarian and social activities. She was a strong promoter of women's rights (although she deplored those violent acts committed by the suffragettes), and she was also a convinced supporter of the rights of children, prisoners, animals and interreligious dialogue. Her acceptance of the Bahá’í Faith in 1907, marked a turning point in her life, that had aways been characterized by a permanent research for spiritual truth and a growing desire to see justice and equality established in the world. This particular concern was expressed in her selfless commitment to all types of philanthropic causes. This choice increased her fervor in the worldwide cause of children's rights, particularly during and after the World War 1 (she contributed to the establishment of a fund to help orphans and refugees "Save the Children Fund," that is nowadays recognized) and her keen interest and close collaboration with the work of the League of Nations, which also supported the adoption of the Geneva Declaration on the Rights of the Child. In her work of helping children orphaned by war, she turned successful personal appeals to the heads of various Christian denominations, and Jewish and Muslim religions, and was also received in audience by Pope Benedict XV. She gave frequent appeals to her friends in the British Parliament that defended the rights of religious persecution in Persia.

 

She died on the last day of the year 1939, when the flames of World War II in Europe were about to envelop the whole earth. Reflecting on her wonderful life, her daughter, Mary Basil Hall, who wrote about her intrepid spirit that faced sorrows and difficulties with radiant acquiescence and indomitable faith. Perhaps for this reason she was given the title of “Sitarih” (from farsi "Star").

 

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