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  • TAPESTRY

    Tapestry traces the evolution of women’s struggles throughout Pakistan’s socio-political history. It brings to the younger generation the heritage of the brave women and their courageous movements as they fought against repression and social discrimination to achieve the rights and space we enjoy today. The book establishes the continuity of past struggles with those of today by building an understanding of their strategies as they evolved. The dominant strategic trends are referred to as ‘Strands’. Seven have been identified and analyzed to improve our understanding of the ways women have modified their use of collective agency to match the political environment. Tapestry presents Pakistan’s political history as the main context against which women’s collective actions and the resultant reforms are presented. Close-ups of individual women have been included to deepen the reader’s understanding of women’s’ lives and the resistance they faced. These vignettes complement the description of the larger trends with the realities faced by individuals on the ground. Although not a thorough documentation of all the women and their movements, this book serves to introduce how women of different eras in Pakistan’s history dealt with their own collective issues while building a base for the women of today.

    author:  Fouzia Saeed


    ISBN: 9789697160761
    Publisher: LIGHTSTONE PUBLISHERS
    Subtitle: STRANDS OF WOMEN’S STRUGGLES WOVEN INTO THE HISTORY OF PAKISTAN
    Author: FOUZIA SAEED

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  • ON THEIR OWN TERMS

    On Their Own Terms is an engaging introduction to the inner dynamics of women’s social movements in Pakistan. Pakistani women are often viewed as merely passive victims of heinous crimes. In this book, Dr Saeed shows how they can collectively assert their will to bring change in their own lives, and in the lives of others.

    The book provides details of four successful women’s movements since 2000: the provincial movements of the Punjab peasants and the Sindh sherfolk, and the nationwide movements of the lady health workers and AASHA, the movement against sexual harassment.

    On Their Own Terms enables readers to learn about the key players, their issues, their challenges, and the strategies they used. These cases have been written with two audiences in mind. First, the book is meant for the young activists of today. The author carefully documents these movements to provide lessons that can be incorporated into ongoing initiatives and has included stories of courageous women who make us proud. Second, the book is for the policymakers who need to understand the power of Pakistani women to lead social change on their own terms.

    Author: FOUZIA SAEED

    ISBN: 9780190702595
    ISBN: 9780190702595
    Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle:
    Author: FOUZIA SAEED

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  • WORKING WITH SHARKS


    ISBN: 9789695930410
    Publisher: SANJH
    Subtitle: COUNTERING SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN OUR LIVES
    Author: FOUZIA SAEED

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  • TABOO!

    Pakistani society has created and reinforced many myths to explain why the phenomenon of prostitution has nothing to do with ‘nice people’. These myths put all the blame on immoral women who are understood to be responsible for tricking honest men into sinful acts. Our society has also strongly discouraged anyone from questioning these myths or even trying to look at the issue in a realistic manner. This resistance stems from the unspoken fear that any honest assessment of the situation would uncover the double standards that the South Asian patriarchal system has created for distinguishing ‘good’ from ‘bad’ women, thus threatening our society’s fake sense of morality. This book is a journey of discovery into the famous red light district of the Shahi Mohalla (the Royal Bazar), or Heera Mandi (the market of diamonds). The phenomenon of prostitution coupled with music and dance performances has ancient roots in South Asia. The areas where the practice is centered have given birth for centuries to many well-known performing artists. The areas are hubs for creative productions as well as nurture the talents of poets, singers, actors, and the gurus, musicians and composers of classical music. These places are quite different from the typical ‘red light districts’ in the west. The social stigma attached to prostitution has led our governments over the years to initiate several brutal attempts to ‘eradicate’ the phenomenon in the Shahi Mohalla and elsewhere. However, every effort to curb this phenomenon has only resulted in a destruction of the traditional controls over the practice and the links between prostitution and art. Ironically, these efforts also served to drive the practice out of its traditional centers and into the ‘nicer’ parts of the city. As a result, prostitution now flourishes underground in all parts of Lahore, bereft of ancient rules of conduct and involving thousands of women from all walks of life, vulnerable to exploitation and abuse. The double irony is that while public campaigns for eradication continue the practice of prostitution remains quietly protected by the government; just as it has for centuries. Understanding this paradox is the crux of the book. In order to provide an understanding of the traditional practices of prostitution the book attempts to capture a more realistic picture of the
    phenomenon through the lives of the people who live in the Shahi Mohalla, the musicians, the prostitutes and their pimps, managers and customers. The book describes the lives of people who are struggling to make a living by following ancient traditions, yet not knowing clearly where they fit in the larger picture of present day Pakistan. The book also highlights the contributions that the inhabitants of the Shahi Mohalla have made to our society and to the world of art at large. By breaking these myths that surround the practice of traditional prostitution, the book helps eradicate a blind spot in our understanding of the power relations associated with gender roles throughout our society.
    ISBN: 9780199062799
    Publisher: OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Subtitle: THE HIDDEN CULTURE OF A RED LIGHT AREA
    Author: FOUZIA SAEED

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