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      Nawal El Saadawi
      October 27,1931 -
      Nawal El Saadawi is a leading Egyptian feminist writer, activist and physician, and an advocate of equal rights for women. She is a former political prisoner and her incarceration formed the basis for her memoir, "Memoirs from the Women's Prison" (1983).

      Excerpt from "Memoirs from Women's Prison" (1983)

      Are not women who suffer most severely the consequences of the economic crisis that hits the dispossessed majorities with fury, also affecting other social classes of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean?

      “Writing: such has been my crime ever since I was a small child. To this day writing remains my crime. Now, although I am out of prison, I continue to live inside a prison of another sort, one without steel bars. For the technology of oppression and might without justice has become more advanced, and the fetters imposed on mind and body have become invisible. The most dangerous shackles are the invisible ones, because they deceive people into believing they are free. This delusion is the new prison that people inhabit today, north and south, east and west...We inhabit the age of the technology of false consciousness, the technology of hiding truths behind amiable humanistic slogans that may change from one era to another... Democracy is not just freedom to criticize the government or head of state, or to hold parliamentary elections.True democracy obtains only when the people - women, men, young people, children - have the ability to change the system of industrial capitalism that has oppressed them since the earliest days of slavery: a system based on class division, patriarchy, and military might, a hierarchical system that subjugates people merely because they are born poor, or female, or dark-skinned.”

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