Nawal El Saadawi

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Nawal El Saadawi (27 October 1931 – 21 March 2021) was an Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician and psychiatrist.

Saadawi at the Göteborg Book Fair in 2010

Advocacy against genital mutilation

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At a young age, Saadawi underwent the process of female genital mutilation.[1] As an adult, she has written about and criticized this practice. She responded to the death of a 12-year-old girl, Bedour Shaker, during a genital circumcision operation in 2007 by writing: "Bedour, did you have to die for some light to shine in the dark minds? Did you have to pay with your dear life a price ... for doctors and clerics to learn that the right religion doesn't cut children's organs."[2] As a doctor and human rights activist, Saadawi is also opposed to male circumcision. She believes that both male and female children deserve protection from genital mutilation.[3]

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  1. REFweb El-Wardani, Mahmoud (5 August 2017). At 85, Nawal El-Saadawi writes about Nawal El-Saadawi, Ahram Online. Retrieved 22 March 2021.
  2. REFbook El Saadawi, Nawal: Part 1: The Mutilated Half, in: The Hidden Face of Eve.
  3. REFweb Michael, Maggie (2 July 2007). Egypt Officials Ban Female Circumcision (archive URL). Retrieved 22 March 2021.