Courage to Say No: A Pakistani Female Doctor's Battle Against Sexual Exploitation

Courage to Say No: A Pakistani Female Doctor's Battle Against Sexual Exploitation


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Sexual harassment is in the news almost every day. Countless women have been intimidated into silence or their careers and lives have been ruined because they refused to submit to unwanted sexual advances. Yet, sexual harassment coupled with corruption is not singularly an American affliction. It’s an ancient disease, a truly universal tale. Dr. Raana Mahmood's story, Courage to Stay No, is a narrative of standing up against sexual corruption in her home country of Pakistan. It epitomizes the courage, audacity, and determination required to resist becoming a victim in a culture that places little value on divorced women. One that openly allows men to have a second, a third, and a fourth wife, all at a man’s pleasure.

After escaping from her husband's physical, verbal, and emotional abuse with her young son in tow, Dr. Mahmood filed for divorce and took up residency as gynecologist at a nearby hospital. After facing years of harassment from her colleagues for being a working woman, and suffering a nervous breakdown because of the vitriol, Dr. Mahmood eventually received a grant of asylum from the United States, where she became an advocate for other women looking to escape domestic violence and an inspiration to those suffering in silence.

In the vein of Reading Lolita in Tehran and Infidel, Courage to Say No is a remarkable and empowering story for our times.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510742246
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 09/03/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,248,388
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dr. Raana Mahmood , a citizen of Pakistan, graduated from Peoples’ Medical College in Nawab Shah, Sind, Pakistan with a specialization is gynecology. After years of suffering domestic abuse and sexual assault at the hands of her husband, she eventually fled her home with her young son. Over the next two decades, Dr. Mahmood worked tirelessly helping many impoverished and neglected people obtain quality medical care. She wrote articles for the English and Urdu newspapers and magazines on elderly and women’s issues. In 2002, she received a fellowship from Federation of World Love and Peace at the U.N. In 2004, she was the recipient of a fellowship from ASHOKA International in the US. She is currently working with several organizations in New York, including the UN, ICNA, Humanist Organization, Scholars at Risk, HIAS, JASA, Upwardly Global, Dress for Success, Health Right International, Ashoka International, FOWPOL, Libertas Center, The Friedlander Group, Make The Road, English League, Libraries, Agudath of America Met Council, CVS, and Duane Reade. She lives alone in New York and continues to advocate for women’s rights to be free from sexual harassment at every opportunity.

John DeSimone spent twenty plus years working in corporate marketing and sales. He escaped corporate life in 1999, when he began freelance editing with A-1 Editing Services in Oregon. In 2004, he completed an MFA in Creative Writing from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. As a ghostwriter, he’s written several self-help books, and then completed a memoir for Natalie Suleman, Octomom. In May 2012, he won a Norman Mailer Fellowship and lived on Cape Cod for a month where he completed a draft of his novel. He’s written memoirs for Bob Filner, Lizanne Falsetto, and several others.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Learning to Say No 1

Chapter 2 Magic Spells 12

Chapter 3 Becoming a Doctor 22

Chapter 4 Reluctant Wife 35

Chapter 5 Naïve Wife 47

Chapter 6 Trapped in a House of Hate 62

Chapter 7 Die in Your Husbands House 74

Chapter 8 Seeking Khula 83

Chapter 9 Who is at Your Back? 94

Chapter 10 Pretending to Smile 101

Chapter 11 Second Wife 108

Chapter 12 The Devil 117

Chapter 13 Unseen Forces 128

Chapter 14 Fighting for Taimoor 139

Chapter 15 The Final Injustice 147

Chapter 16 A New Direction 167

Chapter 17 Meeting an Old Acquaintance 181

Chapter 18 Forced Underground 193

Chapter 19 A Narrow Escape 207

Chapter 20 Seeking Asylum 221

Postscript 234

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