Egyptian Icon Nawal El Saadawi Stands Her Ground In Protest

nawal-el-saadawi.jpgSusan notes: human rights are worth fighting for whatever your age. Eighty-year-old Nawal El Saadawi is an Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician and psychiatrist.

El Saadawi was born in the small village of Kafr Tahla, the eldest of nine children. Her father was a government official in the Ministry of Education, who had fought against the rule of the King and the British in the revolution of 1919. He taught his daughter to speak her mind.

El Saadawi has written many books on the subject of women in Islam, paying particular attention to the practice of female genital mutilation in her society. She is feisty, and furious at the Egyptian government's strategy to "firghten" people. She says she will not be detered....