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Dr. Fouzia Saeed receives 2008 Distinguished Leadership Award

A celebration for Dr. Fouzia Saeed, 2008 winner of the University of Minnesota's Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals, and alumna of family education programs was held on September 30, 2008. The Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals is a University-wide award for alumni, former students, and friends of the University who have distinguished themselves in their post-university work as leaders in their professional careers. Dr. Saeed was honored by her colleagues in the College of Education and Human Development and the University's Office of International Programs for her work ensuring human rights for men, women, and children in Pakistan and in other countries where she has consulted.

Dr. Saeed's professional roles include Head of the Gender Unit for the United Nations Pakistan Office; Pakistan Country Director for Action Aid, International; and Director of Megergahr - A Center for Learning. In addition, she also co-founded Bedari (Pakistan's first organization to address violence against women); manages the Alliance Against Sexual Harassment (an alliance of seven Non-Governmental Organizations that work against sexual harassment in the workplace) and oversees legal aid projects for bonded workers. Dr. Saeed was also the author of Taboo: The Hidden Culture of a Red Light Area, which started a national conversation on the place of women and culture in Pakistan.