|Born||1956 (age 61–62)|
|Alma mater||Cairo University|
|Occupation||human and women's rights activist, and mathematician|
|Title||Professor of mathematics, Cairo University|
|Spouse(s)||Ahmed Seif El-Islam (died 2014)|
Alaa Abd El-Fattah|
|Relatives||Ahdaf Soueif (sister)|
Laila Soueif (born 1956) is an Egyptian human and women's rights activist, a mathematician and professor at Cairo University. Al Jazeera has called her "An Egyptian revolutionary". She is the widow of fellow activist Ahmed Seif El-Islam, and all three of their children are noted activists, Alaa Abd El-Fattah, Sanaa Seif, and Mona Seif. her sister is the novelist Ahdaf Soueif.
Soueif was born in 1956, the daughter of university professors. She went to her first political protest in 1972 in Cairo's Tahrir Square, when she was just 16. Two hours later her parents tracked her down and brought her home, "From that, I learned that it was easier to defy the state than to defy my parents".
Soueif is the founder of the 9 March Professors' Movement for Universities Independence.
In November 2014, Soueif and her daughter Mona Seif ended a 76-day hunger strike, protesting against the imprisonment of her son Alaa Abd El-Fattah, but El-Fattah and his sister Sanaa Seif reportedly remained on hunger strike.
Soueif met her future husband, Ahmed Seif El-Islam, while at Cairo University in the mid-1970s, where he was already the "leader of an underground communist student cell calling for revolution". He became a left-wing human rights activist and lawyer, and they were married until his death in 2014.
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- Scott Anderson (4 May 2017). Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart. Pan Macmillan. p. 48. ISBN 978-1-5098-5272-7. Retrieved 12 November 2017.