INSPIRATION: NAWAL EL SAADAWI

The world is filled with inspirational people making a difference through their passions, their words, their actions, and their fights. To further Boomcast’s mission of inspiring users, each month we will feature a blog post of someone making a difference in the world. We want the chance for members of the community to communicate on and off the app about what and who motivates them, amazes them, and inspires them to take action.

For the first ever Boomcast Inspiration, we chose to feature a woman who has not only survived, but thrived in a life many of us cannot imagine. Doctor, psychiatrist, professor, and author are just a few professions Nawal El Saadawi has accumulated on her resume in her lifetime. The Egyptian woman from Kafr Tahla is a leading activist of her generation. She has written over 50 books, short stories, and plays about women’s rights, in particular, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). She is the president of the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association and co-founder of the Arab Association for Human Rights. She has been awarded honorary degrees on three continents. And these are only some of her many accomplishments. Now at the age of 80, she’s living in the UK, still fighting so hard to protect girls from FGM. This is her story…

It has not been smooth sailing for the Egyptian heroin. Raised under ISIS influence, at the age of 6 she was held down by four women in her home and had inflicted on her what she has tried so hard to protect other girls from. They tore out her clitoris. The result was, as she described it, was a “deep wound left in [her] body that has never healed”. Her efforts to bring attention to the mutilation of young women resulted in her losing many jobs and titles over the years, including director general of public health for the Egyptian ministry. She has also been arrested on multiple occasions and been banned from teaching and lecturing in her home country.

These obstacles have been no match for Nawal’s tenacity however, she has fought tirelessly to bring awareness to governments, individuals, and most importantly parents, about the lasting damage these ignorant and often religiously driven actions have on their daughters. She considers herself a radical, a feminist and most importantly a novelist. In an article with The Guardian she stated:

“For me feminism includes everything, it is social justice, political justice, sexual justice . . . It is the link between medicine, literature, politics, economics, psychology and history. Feminism is all that. You cannot understand the oppression of women without this.”

Her fight against the oppression of women has been admired for decades, and her work continues today. Her story is one of the most inspiring tales of persistence in the fight for equality our generation has known. She has worked tirelessly to progress efforts for the health and safety of all individuals, and we will be inspired by her legacy for years to come.

Interested in learning more about Nawal? Find her publications here, and share your thoughts of her work onBoomcast!

Also be sure to post about other people you find influential- Let’s help inspire each other to change the world.