Dr. Fouzia Saeed


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Fouzia Saeed, Ph.D. (born 1959 in Lahore, Pakistan) is a social activist, gender expert, trainer/facilitator, development manager, folk culture promoter, television commentator and author. She is the author of the well regarded ethnographic look at prostitution in Pakistan, (TABOO!: The Hidden Culture of a Red Light District (Oxford University Press, Karachi, 2001).

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 organized a large gathering of citizens at the National Library on 23 June 2009 to map out a strategy for countering talibanization in Pakistan and has supported a constitutional amendment establishment local government as a third tier of the state administration.

On 10 March 2009, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mr. 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. The Government of Japan named Dr. 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. 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."

Personal Profile

Saeed was born on the 3rd of June, 1959, in Lahore, Pakistan. She received most of her schooling and early college education in Peshawar, Pakistan where she graduated from the University of Peshawar with a BS in Home Economics as the University Gold Medalist for Academic Excellence in 1979. As a result of her academic achievements, she received a Quaid-e-Azam Overseas Educational Award and spent 8 years at the University of Minnesota, where she earned an MS in Design and a Doctorate in Education. She received additional funding from the Ethel L. Parker International Fellowship Award f the American Home Economics Association for her doctoral research. Saeed returned to her native land immediately after completing her degrees, but has returned to Minneapolis on several occasions as a visiting lecturer and to receive a Distinguished International Alumni Award in 1998 and the International Leadership Award n 2008, both presented by the University of Minnesota in recognition of her contributions to the field of education and the women’s movement in Pakistan.

She presently serves as the Director of Mehergarh: A Center for Learning where she heads its programs on youth, gender and human rights. She lives in Islamabad with her husband, Paul Lundberg, who she met in 1995 when they were both working in the United Nations in Pakistan. They have also lived together in Manila and Cairo. She is one of the very few Pakistani women of her generation who has learned how to SCUBA dive and has dived in the Bahamas, the Mergui Archipelago of Burma, Fiji, and various islands of the Philippines.


Saeed has been associated with electronic media since 1977 when she was among the first female television news announcers on Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) from Peshawar. She was a college student at the time. After completing her studies in the USA, when she returned to Pakistan in 1987, she started her engagement with PTV again. This was through conducting programs for PTV and later with other television channels from time to time. She hosted four different television series of talk shows on social and cultural issues: Hum Qadam, Bholi hui hun dastan, New Horizons and Rishtay (about 50 programs in total). In addition, she has hosted numerous live transmissions and special programs onvarious occasions.

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S S PAWAR ( SURAT,India) Sunday, March 22, 2015 12:42:03 AM (MDT - USA)
I listen/saw a debate on you tube where anchor kamran, fouziya hasan nisar and zaid hameed participated, when i listen by fouzya that pakistanis (punjabi, sindhi, bluch etc) were hindus first, my eyes had been wet and could not stop my tears. I feel that she is my sister or mother. I have been listen tarar fateh also. I personally believe that in next 100-50 years , indian sub continent will be a one faith reign. but present situation is very dangerous, poison of supremacy and hate become more and more deeper, in kashmir . i feel proud on pakistan that their politicians and leading public structure (jagruk awam, and media) are allowing such debates and keep faith in equality and freedom of speech.

Anil Rathi ( San Francisco,United States) Wednesday, March 28, 2012 5:45:56 PM (MDT - USA)
Can some one give me the mail id of Dr. Fozia Saeed. I heared her vedio on you tube and wish to communicate with her. THanks a lot. Anil Rathi anilrathi_9@yahoo.com cell:- 857-636-8657(USA)

umar ( pindi gheb,Pakistan) Sunday, November 27, 2011 2:24:00 AM (MDT - USA)
A.0.A....... Mam i appresatd ur work 4r w0men's nd youth.! I also want 2 lean nd w0rk with ur orgniztn "Mehergarh" hw i can do ths plz guide me i'm w8ng 4r ur symptic rply..... Thnx's.

mohsin shahid ( rawalpindi,Pakistan) Friday, November 18, 2011 11:43:27 PM (MDT - USA)
respectable mam i need some information about the gendered activist movements in pakistan. could you name some of these?

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