On Sunday, the world lost an incredible woman. Egyptian feminist and writer Nawal el-Saadawi died at the age of 89. A cause of death was not given.
Nawal el-Saadawi grew up in Arab patriarchal culture. As a young girl, she was subjected to female genital mutilation (she later became a campaigner AGAINST FGM while working as a doctor in the 1950s). She fought the religious system, much to the disdain of religious authorities and governments.
In 2018, el-Saadawi spoke about her travels. She said that she realized that all girls are brought up in similar ways as she was (patriarchal, capitalist, and religious systems).
Her viewpoints landed her in deep trouble with Egyptian authorities. She was let go from the health ministry during the 1970s, and jailed in the 1980s. Her arrest was due to her criticism of President Anwar Sadot, shortly before his assassination. She spent a portion of the 1990s in exile after she received death threats from Islamic militants.
El-Saadawi wrote several books in her life, including "Women and Sex," and "The Hidden Face of Eve." In Egypt, she was known as a troublemaker who advocated for Western views. Honestly, extremist regions NEED a little westernizing. Women have been treated like second class citizens for far too long. Equality isn't just a Western campaign. It's a global campaign. I applaud and I am grateful for all of the work that Nawal el-Saadawi had done in her life.
May Nawal el-Saadawi rest in power, and in peace.
My heartfelt condolences to her loved ones. This is a painful loss!
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