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Egypt's Islamist parties are all about marriage, not politics for women

The meetings organized by the Nour Party for its female members discussing marital issues have raised controversy as to the role of female politicians in the Egyptian political scene.
People walk in front of election campaign posters for the Salafist al-Nour Party, during the second round of parliament elections in Cairo, Egypt, November 23, 2015, on the final day of voting in Egypt's two-phase parliamentary elections. Egyptians voted on Sunday in the second phase of elections that are meant to restore parliament after a more than three-year hiatus but which critics say have been undermined by widespread repression. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh - RTX1VE76
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The Salafi Nour Party organized meetings on April 1-15 for its female members about marriage and the interaction between husbands and wives within the home.

These meetings for women were the Nour Party's first on this topic and included advice on how to interact with a spouse depending on his personality, how to handle marital difficulties and individual recommendations on a woman's personal situation. The meetings also tackled intimacy in a marital relationship and how to take on an active role as a partner. The meetings, which are part of the party's activities for its female members, aim at promoting the importance of the women’s committee in the party, Abdel Fattah al-Abrashi, the secretary of the party’s committees, said in a press statement April 15.

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