Nawal El Saadawi won the North and South Prize from the Council of Europe, and in 2005 she won the International Inana Prize from Belgium, and in 2012 she won the Sean McBride Prize for Peace from the International Bureau for Peace in Switzerland.
Nawal El Saadawi held many positions, such as the position of Director General of the Health Education Department at the Ministry of Health in Cairo, Secretary General of the Cairo Doctors Syndicate, in addition to her work as a doctor at the University Hospital.
Nawal El Saadawi became a member of the Supreme Council for Arts and Social Sciences in Cairo, founded the Health Education Association and the Egyptian Women Writers Association, and worked for a period as Editor-in-Chief of the Health Magazine in Cairo, and Editor in the Journal of the Medical Association.
Nawal Al-Saadawi began writing early. Her first work consisted of short stories entitled “I Learned Love” in 1957, and her first novel, “A Doctor's Diaries” in 1958. One of her most famous works is “Memoirs in a Women's Prison” (1986).
Nawal Al-Saadawi has 40 books, and her writings have been republished and translated into more than 20 languages, and the basic idea of Nawal Al-Saadawi's writings revolves around the link between the liberation of women and people on the one hand, and the liberation of the homeland on the other hand in cultural, social and political aspects.