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JIWS Special Feature: film interview with Dr. Nawal El-Saadawi

Authors

Omnia Amin

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Abstract

This film interview was screened at the 5th, World Conference on Women’s Studies (WCWS 2019 https://womenstudies.co/) held April 25-27, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, hosted by the Sri Lankan conference organizing platform, The International Institute of Knowledge Management (TIIKM https://tiikm.com/). Dr. Nawal El Saadawi, the prominent Egyptian writer, psychologist and first woman doctor in Egypt was scheduled to deliver the keynote address for the WCWS 2019, but due to illness was unable to attend. Graciously, Dr. Omnia Amin, who has served as Dr. Nawal El Saadawi’s translator, confidante and spokesperson for over 15 years created the film interview with Dr. Nawal in her home in Cairo, as an alternative. Dr. Saadawi speaks directly to the WCWS’s conference theme, “Activism, Solidarity and Diversity: Feminist Movements toward Global Sisterhood,” developed by the conference Chair, Dr. Diana J. Fox, founding and current editor of the JIWS. We are deeply grateful to Dr. Nawal for her time and for her thoughts, delivered with her typical incisive brilliance, warmth, wisdom, and wit, while addressing strengths of women, amidst the ongoing treachery and violence committed against this half of humanity. Dr. Nawal masks her illness so beautifully in this film, attesting to her own persevering strength of spirit and courage, which has buoyed so many who have suffered oppression—women and men—throughout the world. We would also like to thank Omnia Amin for her incisive questions and engaging style as she explores with Dr. Nawal, the ongoing challenges and hope for global sisterhood.

Note on the Author

Dr. Omnia Amin earned her PhD in Modern and Contemporary English Literature and Feminist Theory from the University of London, Queen Mary College. Dr. Amin is an author, translator and Professor at the College of Arts & Sciences at Zayed University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. She works with the cutting edge concepts of quantum physics, the archetypes of mythology, the empowerment of women and the spiritual evolution of humanity. She can be contacted by email at: omnia.m.amin@gmail.com.

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