"Danger has been a part of my life ever since I picked up a pen and wrote. Nothing is more perilous than truth in a world that lies."
Dr Nawal El Saadwi was born in Egypt at a time when the practice of infubulation was accepted (a procedure that almost close completely the vagina by sewing the lips of the vulva..it was practiced during slavery as well to prevent slaves to have intercouse) ...while growing up she was left w/an emotional scar. She went on to medical school and became a doctor in rural areas. Affected by the domestic abuse which effects she saw on her female patients , she became involved in politics in the the title of Director of Health.
She was loud about issues she wanted to see changed in the country, and of couse as many before her and after her she became enemy of state , lost her job as both
director of public health & founder of her own health magazine. She was sent to jail for 1 year and released shortly after the murder of former President Anwar Al-Sadat.
Despite the death of the President, by the early nineties she still received death threats ;she was forced to move to the land of the free America where she became a professor at
The calling to her land was too strong for her to ignore, despite 1 wonderful career as a
writer, physician, countless awards such as the "North South Prize" she wanted to be among her people and bring a change.
She showed interest in running for president in 2005 but she wasn't able to fulfill certain conditions....regardless she's a woman to know because of her great courage and perseverance.
Here's her webbie:
Give it up for Dr Nawal El Saadawi:)