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Aza Al-Garf, Strong Voice in New Parliament Advocating Women Rights‏
Aza Al-Garf, Strong Voice in New Parliament Advocating Women Rights‏
During an international press conference following the 2010 parliamentary elections which were marred by vote-rigging and before the January revolution, Muslim Brotherhood (MB) candidate for the women's quota Aza Al-Garf in the October 6 constituency vehemently slammed the former regime and its state security apparatus winning the admiration of the audience.
Friday, January 13,2012 15:13

 During an international  press conference following the 2010 parliamentary elections which were marred by vote-rigging and before the January revolution, Muslim Brotherhood (MB) candidate for the women's quota Aza Al-Garf  in the October 6 constituency vehemently slammed the former regime and its state security apparatus winning the admiration of the audience.

 

Competing  in the 2011 parliamentary elections Al-Garf running as a Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), candidate who won a seat in the Giza constituency described her win as a slap on the face for all who repressed women and their rights to run for elections
 
Al-Garf's audacity could be attributed to her affiliation from 1980-2005 with Mrs. Zeinab AL-Ghazaly, renowned for her noble history with the MB and her stances against oppression during the rule of the late President Gamal Abdul Nasser and the Nasserists' confrontations with the MB.
 
Al-Garf explained: "I approached the registration office during the former regime's rule to submit my application to run in the elections only to find that I was denied the right and they refused to accept it. I then went to the National Women's Committee and Human Rights Watch to tell them of my dilemma; not only did they fail to support my appeal, my husband journalist Badr Mohamed Badr was arrested the same day". 
 
Al-Garf describes her role in the new parliament as focusing on women's issues in all its factions. She stressed: "There will no longer be the monopoly over decision,but rather the will of the majority will be the rule".
 
She added: "Women represent a wide spectrum in the community. The Egyptian women's rights in the community  were marginalized, therefore I will be concentrating on amending the laws which earlier  failed to secure the rights of the Egyptian family such as divorce, and prioritizing women's education".   
 
Al-Garf had met with other winning female candidates from the FJP and other parties including Margaret Azer, Magda Al-Neweshy, and FJP candidate Dr. Omayma Kamel. She also met with Sanaa Al-Saeed from the Journalists Syndicate to discuss the women's MP role in parliament.
 
Al-Garf was adamant in refusing the women's quota vowing that no longer will women be marginalized. She called on the media to end stereotyping women as victims with no roles. She emphasized: "The Egyptian women are not how they're portrayed on satellite television but are significant element who effectively took part in the revolution and elections choosing their representatives in parliament".
 
Born in 1965, in the Ben Al-Sarayat district in Giza, Al-Garf earned a B.A. degree in Social Services  in 1987from Helwan University. She has worked as editor to problem-solving columns in numerous papers including 'Afaq Arabia', and 'Al-osra Al-Arabia' for 6 years. She also appeared on numerous programmes on satellite channels including 'Al-Magd' and others. Al-Garf also supervises over community activities in addition to solving social problems".
 
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