“WOMEN X” in Stockholm: Feminism, Culture and Hope

“WOMEN X” in Stockholm: Feminism, Culture and Hope


A Conversation with Nawal El Saadawi and Afrah Nasser

As part of its WOMEN X programme this year, the Swedish Institute Alexandria (SwedAlex) in partnership with Re:Orient  is organizing an interesting discussion in Stockholm, on “Feminism, Culture and Hope,” featuring two prominent Arab female figures; Dr. Nawal El Saadawi and Afrah Nasser.

WOMEN X aims at expanding the narrative space for women of different ages and backgrounds, highlighting female voices through different arts and cultural events.  As SwedAlex saw the need to create more forums and visibility for these voices to be heard, WOMEN X invites women from Egypt, Sweden and the MENA region to speak about their experiences and points of view. Previous events have included theatrical readings, a storytelling workshop for girls, film screenings, as well as discussions on art, feminism and other related issues.

Dr. El Saadawi is an internationally acclaimed Egyptian writer and academic, with many fiction and non-fiction titles translated into several languages all over the world. She was also nominated three times for the Nobel Prize in Literature in recognition of her contribution to the struggle for freedom, justice, dignity and human rights for women and children around the globe.

Representing the youth generation, Afrah Nasser worked as a reporter for the Yemen Observer newspaper between 2008 and 2011 but has since become known for her influential blog that focuses on women’s rights, democracy and the politics of Yemen. It has since been described as one of the ten must-read blogs from the Middle East by CNN. The BBC featured Nasser in its coverage of “100 women who changed the world.”  She has also written columns and articles for media outlets, worked for Swedish International Radio 2012 and contributed to two books.


Date:                     April 18th 19.00 h

Venue:        Södra Teatern/Kägelbanan

This talk is organized in partnership with Re:Orient http://www.reorient.se/hem-program/nawal-al-saadawi-31135944