Nawal El Saadawi

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Nawal El Saadawi was a guest at the 2012 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and also attended the 2015 Festival, where she delivered the Orwell Lecture.

El Saadawi is a world-renowned novelist, psychiatrist and author of more than forty books of fiction and non-fiction. She writes in Arabic and lives in Egypt. Her novels and her books on the situation of women have had a deep effect on successive generations of young women and men over the last five decades.

As a result of her literary and scientific writings she has had to face numerous difficulties and even dangers in her life. Her campaigns have led to positive changes in Egypt; she and her daughter, poet and writer Mona Helmy, won a case of apostasy against them, which led to the 2008 law of the child.

El Saadawi has been awarded several national and international literary prizes, lectured in many universities, and participated in many international and national conferences. On May 3, 2009, in New York she presented the Arthur Miller Lecture at the Pen International Literary Festival.

Her works have been translated into more than forty languages and are taught in universities worldwide. She continues to write and to campaign for justice and equality.