To be creative means to connect. It's to abolish the gap between the body, the mind and the soul, between science and art, between fiction and nonfiction.
The family code in Egypt is one of the worst family codes in the Arab world. Polygamy. The husband is having absolute power over the family.
A lot of women are afraid of loneliness, so when they see a woman who can live alone, then they think, 'Hmm, I can do that.' But you need an example, and that is why I am proud to say I have divorced three husbands.
My three husbands were afraid of me. I am a very powerful woman.
I've participated in many demonstrations since I was a child. When I was at medical college, I was fighting King Farouk, then British colonization, against Nasser, against Sadat who pushed me into prison, Mubarak who pushed me into exile. I never stopped.
I am very much against makeup and high heels and all that we inherit as 'beauty.'
Whenever I go to New York or any European country, they say: 'Nawal, why don't you get a facelift?' I tell them, 'I am proud of my wrinkles. Every wrinkle on my face tells the story of my life. Why should I hide my age?'
I am becoming more radical with age. I have noticed that writers, when they are old, become milder. But for me it is the opposite. Age makes me more angry.
You know, I look to myself mainly as a creative writer all my life and a medical doctor.
When you have increasing power of religious groups, oppression of women increases. Women are oppressed in all religions.
Unity is power; without unity women cannot fight for their rights anywhere.
Home is where you are appreciated, safe and protected, creative, and where you are loved - not where you are put in prison.
I don't think that people in power can be convinced by words or articles. They will never give it up by choice.