Al-Fajr, Tunisia's official government paper, accused Nawal El Saadawi, Egypt's leading feminist, of 'promoting homosexuality and prostitution'.
Renowned Egyptian feminist, Nawal Saadawi, was accused by the Tunisia’s main paper as a ‘promoter of prostitution and homosexuality’.
The smear campaign was launched last week in Al Fajr, after Saadawi visited Tunisia during the International Women’s day, where she was warmly received the country’s president, Moncef Marzouki, as well as several other ministers.
Upon her return to Egypt, Saadawi published an article praising the achievements of Tunisian women during the revolution and said she was impressed with the ruling Islamist party’s Ennahda, commitment to women’s equality in the drafting of its new constitution.
However, on Friday 15 March, Al-Fajr, the official paper of Ennahda, denigrated and castigated Saadawi as a woman that ‘promotes homosexuality’ as well as ‘prostitution’.
82 year old Saadawi is an Egyptian feminist writer, activist, physician and psychiatrist, who has written many books on the subject of women in Islam, paying particular attention to the practice of female genital mutilation.
Saadawi describes herself an atheist, and has been one of the inspirational voices to the Egyptian revolution, of which she took part in 2011 in the Tahrir Square protests.