San Francisco, March 11, 2013 — On Friday, March 8, in honor of International Women’s Day, Asia Foundation president David D. Arnold moderated “Women Changing the World,” Dr. Fouzia Saeed’s keynote address at World Affairs Council of Northern California’s WorldAffairs 2013: Transition, Disruption and Innovation conference in San Francisco.
Dr. Fouzia Saeed is director of Mehergarh, an Islamabad-based human rights and democracy center that conducts training and research on youth activism and empowerment. A prominent Pakistani social activist and community leader with over thirty years of work experience in the field of gender, human rights and democracy, she was formerly the Pakistan country director for Action Aid, focusing on gender and governance at the regional level. Her work to develop a nationwide alliance against sexual harassment, her authorship of anti-harassment legislation and her success in lobbying for its passage in 2010 have gained national recognition, with lessons for the region.
She is currently a fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) where she continues to work tirelessly to bring the issues facing women in Pakistan and neighboring countries to the forefront. Recognizing the important role that citizens can play in shaping public policy and fostering international exchange, Saeed is devoting her NED fellowship to exploring how civil society can influence legal and political decision-making in Pakistan and the United States.
Mr. Arnold serves on the board of the World Affairs Council of Northern California. He is also a frequent public speaker on issues of governance and development in Asia-Pacific.
View footage of keynote, “Women Changing the World,” here.