When you are intelligent and beautiful you face a lot of problems. If you are beautiful and stupid then it's easy.
If you do not love yourself, well, you cannot do anything well, that's my philosophy.
I am very much against makeup and high heels and all that we inherit as 'beauty.'
When we live in a world that is very unjust, you have to be a dissident.
Women in most countries have not achieved much, because they can't be liberated under the patriarchal, capitalist, imperialist and military system that determines the way we live now, and which is governed by power, not justice, by false democracy, not real freedom.
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.
Education should be totally secular. I am not telling people not to believe in God, but it should be a personal matter which should be done at home.
Home is where you are appreciated, safe and protected, creative, and where you are loved - not where you are put in prison.
The feminists who are aware of the effects of patriarchy realize that we are all in the same boat from the dangers of patriarchy, and that the oppression of women is universal.
When you have increasing power of religious groups, oppression of women increases. Women are oppressed in all religions.
What makes revolutionary thought unique is its clarity and dignity, and its clear grasp of freedom and justice: simple, clear words that are understood without the need for any help from elite writers or thinkers.
Unity is power; without unity women cannot fight for their rights anywhere.
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?'
Plastic surgery is a postmodern veil.
We here in Egypt are fed up with U.S. colonialism.
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