Carol Murphy, a member of the New Jersey State Assembly and congressional candidate, administered the oath of office to Fauzia Janjua. Janjua, expressing pride in her Pakistani heritage, highlighted the historic nature of her election as she was sworn in.
In her speech, Janjua conveyed her honor at becoming the first Pakistani and Muslim woman to hold the position of mayor in Mount Laurel, a significant moment not only for herself but also for the Pakistani community. Born in America to a father from Chakwal and a mother from Lahore, Janjua emphasized her connection to her roots and shared that she pursued her education in the United States.
In an interview with Urdu News, Janjua discussed her background and revealed her deep commitment to community service, which has been a lifelong passion. Her focus has been on teaching prisoners and underprivileged children, leading her to establish a non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to community service and improving people’s lives.
Janjua recounted a pivotal moment in her political journey when, at a state governor’s party, a woman recognized her leadership potential and suggested she could lead the city. Encouraged by this, Janjua entered politics, eventually achieving the historic position of mayor.
Beyond her political role, Fauzia Janjua has actively worked to showcase positive aspects of Muslim culture to the world. As Deputy Mayor, she has utilized her position to promote understanding and appreciation for Muslim culture, contributing to a broader sense of unity and inclusion.
Fauzia Janjua’s journey reflects her dedication to public service, her commitment to her heritage, and her efforts to bridge cultural gaps in her community. Her historic role as the first Pakistani and Muslim woman mayor in Mount Laurel adds a significant chapter to her impactful journey.