As part of engagement with women, Social and Family Affairs Committee of the MCB, held its first focus group in Tooting. The event was hosted by Mushkil Ahsaan an affiliate of MCB. It took place at the Mushkil Asaan centre on 2nd October 2005.
In the vast majority of Muslim families women have the responsibility of bringing up the children. Understanding their daily lives and perceptions are crucial to the development of the young Muslims. The ability of the woman to fulfil this role is dependant on her skills and support systems available to her. In this context MCB is exploring the role of the women in ensuring a safe and cohesive society.
The meeting focused on the position and perceptions of the participants within the family, local community and community at large.
Summary of the response:
The women put their family as a priority and their most important commitment.
They had high aspirations for their children and focussed their own lives around the needs of their children.
They feared for the safety of their youth in the light of the changes in terrorism law.
They accepted that the participation of Muslim women at national level as well as local levels is disproportionately low. This was partly due to their own priorities.
There was an appreciation of the health and economic support provided by the government