Saadawi visits Maine to tell of Egypt’s liberation

Eighty-year-old, Cairo-born human rights activist, physician and writer Nawal El Saadawi is in Maine tonight, sharing her lifetime of experience, including how she felt in Tahrir Square when Egypt transformed in front of her eyes.

Dr. Saadawi is speaking about “The Egyptian Revolution: Creativity, Dissonance and Women,” at the University of Southern Maine tonight, March 15, at 7 p.m. A visiting professor at USM in 2003, Saadawi has written more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books on the circumstances of women.

During her lifetime spent in resistance to improve the quality of women’s lives, Dr. Saadawi has been the target of death threats, bans of her books and even imprisonment. In fact, she used a tiny, black, smuggled-in eyebrow pencil to inscribe “Memoirs from the Women’s Prison” on a tattered roll of toilet paper.

In the Memoir’s afterward, she wrote: “Danger has been a part of my life ever since I picked up a pen and wrote. Nothing is more perilous than truth in a world that lies. Nothing is more perilous than knowledge in a world that has considered knowledge a sin since Adam and Eve. … There is no power in the world that can strip my writings from me.”

In today’s video, Saadawi is interviewed by Rob Caldwell for Portland’s NBC-affiliate WCSH-6 news magazine, “207.”

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