Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician, and psychiatrist Nawal Saadawi, whose writings have stirred controversy for decades in an overwhelmingly conservative society passed away. She was a fierce advocate of women rights in Egypt and the Arab world. She died at the age of 89.

In the year 2005, Nawal Saadawi was awarded the Inana International Prize in Belgium, a year after she received the North-South prize from the Council of Europe. In the year 2020, Time Magazine named her on their 100 Women of the Year list. She was the founder and head of the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association and co-founder of the Arab Association for Human Rights.