Celebrating a Feminist Icon
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A celebration of the life of Egyptian writer, doctor and feminist pioneer Dr Nawal el Sadaawi, in what would have been her 90th year. Her agent and friend Kadija Sesay brings together a panel of women around the world who worked with Nawal over the years to examine the situation for women in the Arab world today, and show the impact of Nawal’s work.
Omnia Amin is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Zayed University, Dubai. She is the literary translator of authors including Nawal El Saadawi and Mahmoud Darwish. Amin was the official spokesperson for Nawal El Saadawi until her passing.
Shereen El Feki is the author of Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World, an acclaimed study of sexuality in the Middle East and North Africa. She is the Regional Director of UNAIDS. She has reported for Al Jazeera and The Economist.
Amel Fahmy is the Founder and Director of the Tadwein Gender Research Center. She has worked for different UN agencies for over 12 years on gender-related programmes, and co-founded the youth initiative ‘HarassMap’ linking technology with community work.
Robin Morgan is an award-winning author and activist. Her writing includes the classic Sisterhood anthologies, the best-selling The Demon Lover: The Roots of Terrorism; The Burning Time and Parallax. She hosts the podcast, Women's Media Center Live
Kadija Sesay Hon. FRSL is a literary activist. She has received research fellowships and awards for her creative work. She has published her own creative work in anthologies and Irki, a poetry collection. She is the founder of AfriPoeTree SIV, on African Poets and Pan-Africanism.
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