One of Egypt’s and the Arab world’s most prominent feminism icons passed away yesterday: Dr. Nawal Saadawi.
Causing much controversy during her life, Nawal Saadawi, is a well known Egyptian feminist, writer, activist, physician, and psychiatrist. Her work as an author and activist focused in the topic of the lives of women under Islam as a religion. She is also most know for her work and advocast on the issue of female genital mutatilation. She was given many honorary names during her lifetime, such as “the Simone de Beauvoir of the Arab World”, and as “Egypt’s most radical woman”.
Saadawi received many awards for her contributions and achievements, including the North–South Prize from the Council of Europe in 2004, the Inana International Prize in Belgium in 2005, the Seán MacBride Peace Prize by the International Peace Bureau in 2012.
She’s a trabilizer and has made her stamp in fighting the patriarchal system in the Egypt and the Arab world in different ways. Passing away after a 90 year lifetime of serving women, here’s 5 things you need to know about Nawal: