Fouzia Saeed is a social activist, gender expert, trainer/facilitator, development manager, folk culture promoter, television commentator and author. She is the author of two well regarded books. The first is an ethnographic look at prostitution in Pakistan, TABOO!: The Hidden Culture of a Red Light District (Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2001, 2nd edition 2011). The second, Working with Sharks: Countering Sexual Harassment in our Lives(Sanj, Pakistan, 2011), is an autobiographical expose on sexual harassment in the United Nations and the revenge meted out by the UN management she and 10 other women faced for making their case.

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  • Fouzia Saeed is a social activist, gender expert, trainer/facilitator, development manager, folk culture promoter, television commentator and author. She is the author of two well regarded books. The first is an ethnographic look at prostitution in Pakistan, TABOO!: The Hidden Culture of a Red Light District (Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2001, 2nd edition 2011). The second, Working with Sharks: Countering Sexual Harassment in our Lives(Sanj, Pakistan, 2011), is an autobiographical expose on sexual harassment in the United Nations and the revenge meted out by the UN management she and 10 other women faced for making their case. Saeed is well known in the activist circles of Pakistan's social movement, having worked for decades on women's issues, especially those linked to violence against women, prostitution, women in the entertainment business, women’s mobility and sexual harassment. Her work on violence against women spans over 20 years and includes founding Bedari, the first women’s crisis center in Pakistan in 1991. For the past several years, she has been working to reduce the level of sexual harassment and debt bondage in the country and has most recently focused her attention on the ways terrorists establish themselves in fragile communities. She organised a large gathering of citizens at the National Library on 23 June 2009 to map out a strategy for countering talibanisation in Pakistan and has supported a constitutional amendment establishing local government as a third tier of the state administration. On 10 March 2009, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yousaf Raza Gilani, named Saeed to a three-year term as one of the 15 members of the National Commission on the Status of Women. Subsequently, she was appointed as the Chair of the Sexual Harassment Legislation Implementation Watch Committee from May 2010 to May 2012. The government of Japan named Saeed as one of seven Asian Leadership Fellows for 2010. She attended the Fellowship program in Tokyo from September to November 2010 and gave lectures at numerous Japanese universities and wrote about her experiences on her return. Between September 2012 and February 2015, Saeed was a Fellow at the US National Endowment for Democracy (DC), Draper-Hills Fellow at Stanford University (California), Visiting Fellow at George Mason University (Virginia) and Pakistan Scholar at the Wilson Center for Scholars (DC) under the Smithsonian Institution. Saeed was awarded the 2012 Battle of Crete Award by the Oxi Day Foundation for 'courageous action for freedom and democracy' based on her decade-long struggle for the criminalisation of sexual harassment in Pakistan. Saeed says of herself: "I want to be judged by my abilities, my struggles and my achievements and not labeled or stereotyped by my gender, my economic background, my nationality or my beliefs." (en)
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  • Fouzia Saeed opening a Manganhaar Festival
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  • Fouzia Saeed is a social activist, gender expert, trainer/facilitator, development manager, folk culture promoter, television commentator and author. She is the author of two well regarded books. The first is an ethnographic look at prostitution in Pakistan, TABOO!: The Hidden Culture of a Red Light District (Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2001, 2nd edition 2011). The second, Working with Sharks: Countering Sexual Harassment in our Lives(Sanj, Pakistan, 2011), is an autobiographical expose on sexual harassment in the United Nations and the revenge meted out by the UN management she and 10 other women faced for making their case. (en)
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