FJP in Fayyoum: Success Of Women is Our Main Concern
|Tuesday, November 11,2011 12:25|
Najwa Jouda, the FJP Secretary for Women's in Fayoum stressed that Egypt’s January Revolution saved women from the heavy shadows of oppression and tremendous marginalization they suffered for years under the former regime, adding that women are a key element in the FJP, and that is why the party has set up a large number of programs for women’s welfare.
To start with, what is the role of women in the FJP?
Women play a significant role in society, they represent half the population. They are also responsible for raising the other half. Logically, if they were educated and successful, they will make of their husbands successful men, which would be reflected, of course, on whole families and society. The FJP aims to help women to succeed as mothers and wives and employees or workers. The party is intent on addressing women's issues and encouraging them to participate politically and socially.
Indeed, the party is keen on developing of women through training courses for girls, whether the purpose of human development or in relation to things like how to deal with her in-laws, or how parents may help their children in choosing their spouses.
What is the nature of women’s role in the party?
Women is a key element in the make-up of the FJP, and that is why – as we mentioned above – it has prepared a large number of programs for the welfare and care of women. For this reason, also, all the various issues affecting women occupy a leading position in the party’s work and activities. In short, the FJP aims to help women to succeed as mothers and wives and employees or workers.
But there are those who say that the role of women in the party will be marginalized, just like before – in the Muslim Brotherhood!?
This idea is totally deceptive, if not a complete falsehood. Women have been working within the Muslim Brotherhood since the movement’s inception, and have vital roles in all aspects and activities.
In fact, the main feature of the Muslim Brotherhood, which distinguishes them from all others, is their comprehensive all-out approach: their work is not confined to mosques, but spread out to all society. Women, too, must be of use everywhere.
The majority of female FJP members are veiled. Will the party accept non-veiled in its ranks?
The party welcomes all veiled and non-veiled women. They are all Egyptians, whether Muslims or Christians. Ultimately, what matters is what she will offer to her nation, her homeland.
What about the role of women in society?
There are many roles a woman can play, at various levels, to serve the community. If the woman is a housewife, she can play an important role amongst her neighbours and relatives. If she is a working woman, she would play a vital role in her place of work or business environment. Also, if a woman is involved in political or Dawa (Islamic reach-out) activities, her role would be focused in those fields. Moreover, women can also get involved in charities and charitable work.
What advice would you give women in the community or the family?
It is not true that a woman’s role inside the house is reduced to matters of food and drink. She has to watch the news and be aware of what is going on around her both inside and outside Egypt – her homeland. She must endeavour to raise her children better.
You experienced previous parliamentary elections. Can you tell us something about that?
The previous parliamentary elections took place in very difficult circumstances, where we suffered tremendous security harassment, and Islamists generally suffered extreme injustice. Obviously, today the banned Muslim Brotherhood is suddenly ‘lucky’; and the tyrannical National Party has become ‘banned’.
How do you feel when you see Habib Al-Adli and Hosni Mubarak in the dock?
Just like I saw Khairat Al-Shater, when he was behind bars. I saw Hosni Mubarak in the same spot with his sons. It’s as if God responded to Al-Shater’s prayers that his eyes would be blessed with witnessing the fate of evil-doers.
But how did you balance success in raising your children and care for your community and beyond?
This is never easy. But a Muslim must be organized in all the affairs of his/her life. Every minute of a human’s life must have a purpose and meaning. I begin my day after Fajr (dawn) prayer. I arrange the needs of my children and the requirements of my house before I go to work. When I get home, I always follow up with them, even if have Dawa or political engagements. I organize things for my children and check them out, to make sure they are well and happy, before I go out.
What advice would you give parents?
To take care of the home front, for it is more important. It is the true sign of success. If a woman fails at home, she fails in her life.
How did the revolution reflect positively on women?
Women and young people play a major political role in society, following the great revolution, particularly as women were terribly abused and marginalized and humiliated in the past era.
Therefore, educational outreach campaigns must be organised to highlight the importance of political participation of women. Also, women must be active and professional in the various fields of work, and know the role played by their unions and participate in that.