The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women
Mon 03 Mar 2014 03:25 AM
Nawal Al Saadawi

Nawal Al Saadawi

Industry: Culture and society

Designation: Activist, feminist, doctor

Country: Egypt

Now aged 82, Dr Nawal Al Saadawi has spent her life championing women’s rights. That has come at a cost; she was dismissed from her position at Egypt’s Ministry of Health after publishing a book attacking female circumcision and was jailed by former president Anwar Al Sadat in 1981 after helping to publish a feminist magazine. She is also the founder and president of Arab Women’s Solidarity Association and co-founder of the Arab Association for Human Rights. She is also a qualified physician and psychiatrist and has received honorary degrees on three continents.

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