Nawal Al-Sayed Habash El-Saadawi is an Egyptian author, who fights and write about woman rights. she was cruelly circumcised at the age of 6 and this traumatized her and marked her for life.
She was born in1931 in Kafer Tahla, near Cairo and was raised in a big family as they were 8 brothers and sisters. Although grown up in a traditional family her father insisted that all his children including girls must study and go to school. Her mother died at an early age and Nawal used to describe her as an activist who had been repressed by marriage. She published many books and reported in them her point of views and her ideas about life and woman condition. She wrote many books among them “the hidden face of eve” in which she tells about the passive role of the woman in a society of man suprematie where she is repressed and obedient to all what man decide first by the father and then by the husband. She describes the rules that oppress the woman and the traditions that causes them to suffer tortures and mutilations.
. El Saadawi condemn fundamentalism and all religions that put woman in second rank and blame her for all man sins. She calls for the separation of religion and state and to abolish girls circumcision and give them the freedom to decide about their bodies and their lifes. She wrote: . “Then suddenly the sharp metallic edge seemed to drop between my thighs and there cut off a piece of flesh from my body. I screamed with pain despite the tight hand held over my mouth, for the pain was not just a pain, it was like a searing flame that went through my whole body. After a few moments, I saw a red pool of blood around my hips.” She starts by definig virginity: Virginity is a strict moral rule which applies to girls alone. Yet one would think that the first criterion of a moral rule, if it is indeed to be moral, should be that it applies to all without exception, and does not yield to any form of discrimination whether on the basis of sex, colour or...
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