May 1st CGO Event: WORKING WITH SHARKS: A Pakistani Woman's Story of Countering Sexual Harassment in the United Nations

Dr Fouzia Saeed will talk about her recently published book where she has described a case of sexual harassment she filed against a senior UN official in Pakistan. The case became a landmark for a national struggle in Pakistan that sparked off in 2001 and culminated in the passage of legislation against sexual harassment in 2010. The legislation focuses on transforming the organizational culture in all institutions. It was the first comprehensive legislation on sexual harassment in South Asia. The Prime Minister of Pakistan declared the day she filed the case, 22nd of December, as the National Working Women's Day.

Working with Sharks inspires working women in any part of the world to find their voice and stand up to sexual harassment. ( 

Event Information:

Date: Wednesday, May 1

Time: 12 noon to 2 P.M.

Location: Simmons School of Management, Fifth Floor, Room M-501, 300 The Fenway, Boston

A light lunch will be served at 12 noon; the seminar will begin at 12:15 p.m.

Discounted parking is available in the SOM garage.

This event is free and open to the public.


Please register by April 29th by emailing Please indicate if you will need parking.



Dr. Fouzia Saeed is a well known Pakistani social activist and community leader with over thirty years of professional experience in the field of gender, human rights and democracy. She currently lives in Washington, D.C. as a Visiting Fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy. Her work on sexual harassment and subsequent passage of legislation declaring this menace a crime in Pakistan won her national recognition. She has been the Chairperson of Mehergarh, a Pakistan-based human rights and democracy center that works on women's rights, youth empowerment and strengthening of democratic rule in Pakistan. Her earlier books, Taboo: The Hidden Culture of a Red Light Area, published by Oxford University Press, and Forgotten Faces, published by the National Heritage of Pakistan, became popular among young Asian women. Taboo has been translated into Urdu, Hindi, Marathi and Japanese. Dr. Saeed received her Ph.D. in Education from the University of Minnesota, USA.


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