Dr. Fouzia Saeed, a social scientist with a PhD from
the University of Minnesota, is the author of "Taboo!
The Hidden Culture of a Red Light Area," based on 8
years of field research among prostitutes in Pakistan.
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 the first women’s crisis center in
Pakistan in 1991. Her earlier work with the Folk and
Traditional Heritage Institute (Lok Virsa) led to the
book, Women in Folk Theater.