MN Advocates at Briggs, Discussion on Pakistani Women

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October 1, 2007

Briggs and Morgan, Professional Association, and Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights presents:  

"The Women’s Movement in Pakistan:   Achievements and Challenges"

Efforts to improve women’s conditions on the Asian sub-continent started well before the partition of Pakistan and India . Some of the issues today that women are working to change have persisted for decades. Violence against women, sexual harassment and political participation of women in mainstream politics will be examined and linked to issues like patriarchy, militarization and religious extremism (all significant factors in the current political context). Discussion will also cover key achievements, lessons learned and remaining challenges facing the Pakistani women's movement, as well as the complexities and challenges faced by individual activists.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2007*
Noon to 1 p.m. (lunch provided)
Briggs and Morgan
IDS Center, 22nd Floor
80 S. 8th St. , Minneapolis

*Bi-monthly series with final 2007 presentation scheduled for December.

Event speaker Dr. Fouzia Saeed is a social activist who has played a key role in the women’s movement in Pakistan for the last 25 years. Much of her work has been around violence against women, sexual harassment in the workplace, mobility of women and prostitution. Dr. Saeed has founded organizations and networks to respond to these issues both at the local level and through federal policy in Pakistan . Her work in international development has been as a part of the United Nations Development Program, Action Aid and the Aga Khan Foundation, and as a consultant in over 13 countries. Dr. Saeed’s most recent book is on prostitution (Taboo: The Hidden Culture of a Red Light Area); it has been translated into several languages and used by several universities as a text. She earned her doctorate in education at the University of Minnesota and was the recipient of the University of Minnesota Distinguished International Alumni Award in 1998.

Event is free; registration required. Please RSVP to Christine Jones at e-mail or 612.977.8126 by Friday, Oct. 5.