Nawal El Saadawi on women's rights
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El Saadawi: Women's rights do not come from government

The Egyptian writer and activist Dr Nawal El Saadawi says women need to fight for their rights on a global scale, rather than waiting for governments to make changes.

She told BBC Hardtalk's Zeinab Badawi: "I don't believe that the rights of women come from the government, from any government. I believe that women gain their rights by their own efforts."

Dr El Saadawi is a leading Egyptian feminist. She was banned from speaking in the Egyptian media and imprisoned under the government of President Sadat for her views.

You can see the Hardtalk interview in full on Wednesday 23 May 2018 on BBC World News and the BBC News Channel and after on BBC iPlayer (UK only).

  • 23 May 2018