Fauzia was born in Lahore in 1954 to a landowning family of the Punjab. She ‘drew’ her first story for fellow children on the mud floor of her village when she was four. Her mother Zohra Begum wrote poems in Punjabi, and she was a major influence on Fauzia’s life.
Fauzia’s first published writing was a letter to the editor titled ‘Urdu adab murda adab hai-Urdu literature is dead literature‘ that she sent to Quarterly SEEP in Karachi, and it was published by the journal as the Editorial. Her first paid job was at Lahore’s monthly DHANAK where she was hired as Assistant Editor while a first year student of journalism at University of the Punjab. Later, she studied South Asian politics at SOAS in the UK.
Fauzia came to Canada as a convention refugee in 1986. She now lives in Vancouver, in close proximity to her two daughters and a son, her friends and peers; and, she works as a freelance writer and an arts activist.