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Nawal El Saadawi is the guest of honor at Tangier’s Twiza Festival

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Tangier’s Twiza festival will host the Egyptian feminist writer Nawal Al Saadawi as its guest of honor.

The Mediterranean Foundation of Amazigh Culture organizes, from 10 to 13 August, in Tangier, the Twiza Festival’s 13th edition on the theme « In need of the intellectual ».

Conferences, round tables and musical and artistic evenings are on the program of this edition, which will have a series of cultural and spiritual events. It will also feature a discussion between El Saadawi and the Berber activist Ahmed Assid.

An Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician and psychiatrist. El Saadawi has written many books on the subject of women in Islam, paying particular attention to the practice of female genital mutilation in her society.

In 2004, she won the North–South Prize from the Council of Europe. In 2005, she won the Inana International Prize in Belgium, and in 2012, the International Peace Bureau awarded her the 2012 Seán MacBride Peace Prize.

Long viewed as controversial and dangerous by the Egyptian government, Saadawi helped publish a feminist magazine in 1981 called Confrontation. Of her experience 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. »