El Saadawi was known as a defender of women’s rights and fought strongly against the widespread practice of female genital mutilation.
He was jailed and persecuted and was threatened by conservatives throughout his life for his bold ideas.
El Saadvi was the founder and president of the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association and co-founder of the Arab Association for Human Rights. In 1981, she founded a feminist magazine called “Al-Mohaga” (which translates to “The Comfort”).
El Saadvi’s most popular books are “Women and Sex” and “Memoirs from a Women’s Prison.”
“Women and sex” was banned in Egypt for nearly two decades and after it was published, El Saadawi lost his job as director of public health at the Ministry of Health in Egypt.
“In an interview in 2011, El Sanadvi told CNN that” women cannot be liberated in a class society or a male-dominated patriarchal society. For this reason we have to get rid of, fight against class oppression, gender oppression and religious oppression. “We cannot speak of revolution without women,” she said.
A wave of mourning raged over the news of Al Saadvi’s death, with some prominent activists expressing their condolences on social media.
“Egyptian feminist Nawal El Saadvi has passed away. Until I gather my thoughts: Rest in power, Nawal,” she added in a tweet.