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Nawal Al-Saadawi Flees Egypt

A few weeks ago I blogged about the banning of Nawal Al-Saadawi’s latest book, which Egyptian authorities decided “offended religion.”  Ultimately, the publisher destroyed every copy.  According to Memri blog Egyptian Feminist Al-Sa’adawi has fled Egypt for Belgium, fearing she might stand trial for heresy. 

In an interview with the London daily Al-Haya and the Egyptian daily Al-Masri Al-Yawm, Al-Sa’adawi said that the Belgian paper had exaggerated her statements, and that she had left Egypt to participate in a conference in Belgium and to be a guest lecturer at a university in the U.S. She said that she intended to return to Egypt some day to continue her struggle.

Dr. Al-Sa’adawi told the Egyptian daily that she felt persecuted in Egypt after she and her daughter were summoned for investigation because she called for allowing children to take their mother’s last name when the father was unknown, and after the Egyptian authorities banned her from presenting five of her books at the recent Cairo international book fair.




One thought on “Nawal Al-Saadawi Flees Egypt

  1. Thanks for posting this, Heart. It’s an important reminder that the oppression women face around the world sometimes looks different, but misogyny is lurking everywhere.

    I just saw the documentary “Shut Up and Sing” about what the Dixie Chicks went through for criticizing Bush. In some places women are silenced by force, in other places by shunning and harassment. In some places women are required to cover themselves with fabric; in others we are made to feel we should hide because our bodies aren’t perfect enough. In some places girls genitals are forcibly disfigured to please future husbands; in others women suffer through dangerous cosmetic surgeries to please future husbands.

    I would never say that progress has not been made anywhere or that women everywhere face exactly the same challenges, but I think we all have to realize that we’re still really in the same boat and we can’t let down our guard for a minute.

    Posted by roamaround | March 2, 2007, 1:51 am

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