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Working with Sharks: A Pakistani Woman's Story of Sexual Harassment in the United Nations - From Personal Grievance to Public Law Paperback – March 8, 2013


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  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Advances Press (March 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193586646X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935866466
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,499,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I highly recommend reading this book- it will make you think and inspire you.
Suzan Hall
"Working with Sharks" is a deeply personal story that captures the struggles, frustrations, and triumphs faced by Fouzia Saeed in her journey for justice.
Sue Banerjee
The book is well written and Fouzia entwines her personal struggles in a way that engage and entertain the reader.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Roman P on March 13, 2013
Format: Paperback
This is a truly remarkable book by a remarkable and brave author. At the out set I should say that I have a personal stake in this story since I was working at the UN in Pakistan at the time of these events, and witnessed first hand the symptoms and warning signs of an internal culture of threats, neglect, abuse and predatorial behaviours. I also saw how the agency as a whole exercised wilfull blindness to the incredible damage and pain that was being inflicted by a few predators who had gained positions of power and influence (through nepotism), and used this status to forward their sordid and criminal acts.

This story is all the more poignant since it is set in Pakistan, a magnificent but tragic country that continues to be at war with itself. It's women continue to be not only the routine victims of violence and abuse, but also carry on their shoulders the hope for a more enlightened and peaceful future. For years, Fouzia Saeed has been a champion for the dignity and human rights not only of women in Pakistan, but also for men since she recognizes that each gender has a critical role to play in the essential reforms required to make the nation more stable, more just, more peaceful and more compassionate to its beleagued citizens, without fear, prejudice or favor.

To even give this book 5 stars is ludicrous since it does not fully recognise the importance of the story, and especially the courage of the author and the other victims of abuse.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Schaadt on March 7, 2013
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I had the pleasure of reading Fouzia's book "Working with Sharks" back in 2011. Fouzia's account was capturing from page one! I enjoyed her personal story of the tremendous work she has done in Pakistan, empowering women and promoting gender equality, as well as her personal struggle with sexual harassment of women in the UN system in Pakistan. In addition, Fouzia eloquently includes her own experiences of being exposed to western cultures and how this influences her own personal life, including her "decision to marry a westerner". I truly enjoyed reading Fouzia's life story, the challenges she managed to overcome and the changes she has achieved for women in Pakistan. I warmly recommend reading the book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mnbuyer on April 13, 2013
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Dr. Fouzia's book provides a lot of insight into the issue of sexual harassment and the challenges women face when they try to change the status quo.
I'm sure many women around the world will be able to relate to the experiences of Dr. Fouzia and her colleagues detailed in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ayesha on October 31, 2013
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Fouzia I am truly inspired by your book, touched by your story of struggle, proud to be a woman. Three expressions which indulged me while reading your book. Thanks for sharing your personal story, as it takes lot of courage to be one. I also read this to my Amma as well, who appreciates the act of bravery and honour.
Every woman could actually relate herself with the book events. One way or the other, we have experienced working with sharks. The positive side of the book was that despite the patriarchal cultural roots influencing the individuals, there were men who supported the cause of Fouzia and her colleagues.
While reading the book, the hard core reality bounces back that our society is indeed a complicated one, where day by day we are becoming women-free country (Pakistan). But the story ends with elements that stood for Justice and are making efforts to transform it into pro-women society. Bravo!
P.S. I can quote a saying by Marilyn Monroe "I don't mind being in the man's world, as long as I can be a woman in it"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Altafullah on April 29, 2013
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Dr. Fouzia Saeeds book title, "Working With Sharks" does not do justice to the monumental sacrifices and hurdles that she and numerous other women at the UNDP in Pakistan had to endure to finally get the system to recognize sexual harrasment as an offensable crime. Written with such personal honesty and vulnerability, I could not put this one down. One would think that she was simply a woman who was treated badly and needed to set the record straight. Instead we see a western educated woman (Dr. Saeed recieved her Phd from the University of Minnesota), who loves her country and culture and wants to help women achieve their highest potential. She spearheaded several projects with creativity and systematic clarity. This was an ideal platform and opportunity at the UNDP for her to create opportunities and growth for women in Pakistan. Unfortunately, from the onset, she is patronized by the system and the two main "Directors" at the UNDP. Her work is recognized by one branch but undermined and marginalized by specifically the person who holds the cards and is harrassing her and subsequently 11 other women. Her projects and especially gender oriented projects are used as tools by those in power to manipulate her team of women to accept this substandard treatment for fear of losing their jobs or their reputations. Dr. Saeeds sheer determination to not give up, to fight the good fight, spans a ten year struggle and final conclusion that although bittersweet, reflects the power of one times a thousand. This is a lesson in team building,governmental hierarchies and breaking barriers for all organizations to take note of. That for every person who experiences injustice in this world, there are a thousand others waiting to follow the path to get to the truth. I applaud Dr. Saeed for allowing us the honor of joining her on this journey,taking the leadership role that she did and hope that she continues her dedicated efforts for women all over the world.
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