WOMAN AT POINT ZERO
The Simone de Beauvoir of the Arab World, Nawal el Saadawi has died aged 89. A feminist writer in 1950s Egypt (as safe a job as being the food taster for a Trump family member), she was considered an ideological foe of the government and imprisoned. In 1982, fresh from another prison stay, she formed the Arab Women Solidarity Association, which aimed to improve female participation in culture and social life. She also published her own prison memoirs, but was forced to flee Egypt in 1993 due to persecution. She returned to participate in the continuing demonstrations this century, and had a focal role in the Tahrir Square protest of 2011. El Saadawi was picked by Error 404 and the nefarious Pelican in the Wilderness.
Nawal el Saadawi
27 October 1931 – 21 March 2021