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November 2: Fouzia Saeed, author of “Taboo”, speaks on prostitution in Pakistan

on Oct 21, 2010 (1098 reads)

Saeed’s book documents the changing shape of the famous red light district of Shahi Mohalla in Lahore. For a period of 10 years the author studied the lives of people linked to the Shahi Mohalla: the prostitutes with their pimps, managers and customers, as well as the musicians and others. The traditional practice of prostitution in South Asia has always been closely linked with music and performances. Through their stories, the book also highlights the contributions that these people have made to our society and to the world in performing arts.

Fouzia Saeed – Profile

Fouzia Saeed, with a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Minnesota, has spent the past twelve years in positions related to the task of engendering social change in Pakistan, with organizations like the National Institute of Folk and Traditional Heritage, Aga Khan Foundation, and UNDP, Pakistan. In 1991, she helped establish the first private relief centre for women affected by sexual assault and violence in Pakistan, providing direct services to women in psychological crises.

Date: November 2 (Tue), from 18:30
Venue: Tokyo Women’s Plaza - audiovisual room A
Fee: 1200 yen; 700 yen for AJWRC members
With English translation

Copies of “Taboo” will be on sale at a discounted price.

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