Nawal El Sadaawi – The loudest voice of feminism leaves us

Nawal El Sadaawi And her works

Feminists worldwide mourn the demise of the ‘godmother’ of Egypt, as rightly quoted by journalist Mona Eltahawy. Nawal El Sadaawi is an Egyptian public health physician, psychiatrist, author, and feminist. On 21 March 2021, Sadaawi’s heart stops beating at the age of 89, but her works have immortalized her.

At a very young age, Nawal Sadaawi set out to break the shackles of patriarchy. She has always been Egypt’s loudest voice in spreading the words of feminism, freedom, and equality. As an advocate of women’s rights, El Saadawi founded the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association (AWSA) in 1982. She was a woman of her own who had never let the patriarchal society define her. She strongly criticized the socially constructed definition of women.

Accomplished, unstoppable Sadaawi

Sadaawi strongly raised her voice against the cruel practice of female genital mutilation. She was arrested after the publication of her book, ‘The Hidden Face of Eve: Women in the Arab World’, documenting her own existence of female genital mutilation. The arrest did not obstruct this daring woman of culture; she went on writing her prison memoirs on the surface of toilet papers with a smuggled eyeliner.

She was dismissed from the position of the health director after the publication of her book, ‘women and sex.’ Sadaawi always had to pay the price of her truthful soul, but that did not stop her. No one could stop her from speaking against society’s double standards, which expected a woman to be nothing more than her sex, a chast to be precise and man to be promiscuous. El Sadaawi has set an example for not only the women of Egypt but the world. Her ideas are the foundations of the newly emerging society of equality. Nawal El Sadaawi might not be physically present today with us today, but her soul is still alive lies in her works.

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