100 most powerful Arab women 2012
Sun 04 Mar 2012 11:26 AM
Dr. Nawal Al Saadawi
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Dr. Nawal Al Saadawi

Industry: Culture and society

Designation: Feminist

Country: Egypt

Nawal Al Saadawi is famous for her 60-year long campaign against
female genital mutilation. The Egyptian feminist, writer, activist, physician and
psychiatrist has written more than 70 books tackling problems faced by women in
Egypt.
In 1972, Al Saadawi published Women and Sex, for which she lost her job as a director
at the Egyptian Ministry of Health, and in the 1980s she was jailed for three months
for “crimes against the state”. She is currently writing a novel about the Egyptian
revolution.