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Famous Egyptian feminist Naval Saadawi has died at the age of 89

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CAIRO (AP) – Naval Saadawi, a prominent Egyptian feminist, psychiatrist and prose writer whose writings have sparked decades of controversy in an oppressive conservative society, died in Cairo on Sunday of age-related health problems, officials said. He was 89 years old.

Egyptian Minister of Culture Inas Abdel-Dayem mourns Saadavi’s death, saying that his writings have created a great intellectual movement.

Ad was born in October 1931 in the Nile Delta village just north of Cairo. Saadavi studied medicine at Cairo University and Columbia University in New York. He has worked as a psychiatrist, university lecturer, and author of dozens of books. He was also a regular contributor to Egyptian newspapers.

As a staunch supporter of women’s rights in Egypt and the Arab world, her work has focused mainly on feminism, domestic violence against women, and religious extremism. She was a staunch opponent of female genital mutilation in Egypt and around the world.

In 1972, when she published her famous book, Women, faced a storm of criticism and condemnation of Egypt’s political and religious establishment. He also lost his job at the Ministry of Health.

In 1981, he was arrested and imprisoned for two months as a result of widespread political pressure by then-President Anwar Sadat. While in prison, Saadavi wrote his experience in a book. “Memories from Women’s Prison” using toilet paper and cosmetic pencil.

Saadawi was the founder and head of the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association and co-founder of the Arab Human Rights Association.

In 2005, she was awarded the Inana International Prize in Belgium, one year after receiving the North-South Prize from the Council of Europe. In 2020, Time Magazine named her “100 Women of the Year”.

Because of his views, Saadavi faced several legal challenges, including accusations of apostasy by Islamists.

Saadavi has been married three times and has a daughter in his family.

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