Who: Nawal El Saadawi
What: Egyptian feminist, activist and psychiatrist
When: Born October 27, 1931 in Kafr Tahla, Egypt
Where: She advocates for women’s rights in Egypt.
Why: She openly opposes Female Genital Mutilation and continues to write on the situation of women in Egypt even though she has been imprisoned and continues to receive numerous death threats for her work.
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