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Sana'a, Yemen 2011. Photo courtesy: Ameen Al Ghabri
'We Survive by Living... Deliberately!' Meet Yemeni Female Blogger: Afrah Nasser
-By dr. Elham Manea (read here)

"Named at #32 among the world's 100 most influential young Arabs for 2016"
-Arabian Business

"Recipient of Pennskaft Prize for 2016"
-Pennskaftet


"Named at #15 among the world's 100 most influential young Arabs for 2015"
-Arabian Business

"Recipient of Dawit Issak Prize for 2014"
-Publicity Club, Sweden

“One of the 10 must-read blogs from the Middle East” 
-CNN

“Featured at the '100 women who changed the world' media coverage”
-BBC

“No. 3 among 35 Top Middle East blogs”
-Al-Monitor

“Outstanding Journalism Award”
-Girl Gone International magazine

“One of the most active female journalists on Twitter”
- The International Journalist Network

“Best of the Blogs - her writing style is very accessible and easy to read. She has my full admiration for being at the forefront of the Yemeni social and political struggle, raising issues that many shy away from.”
-Open Democracy

“The Yemeni journalist and blogger Afrah Nasser is today one of the Middle East's important voices.”
-Dissident Blog

“After having received death threats from supporters of the regime. Despite this, she refuses to stop writing about what is happening in her homeland.”
-Omvärlden

“Feminist activists in the Arab region”
-Women against fundamentalism

“This young blogger documents current events in Yemen by combining short videos and newspaper articles with her opinions on politics.”
-Gay Girl in Damascus

“50 Arab Women You MUST Follow on Twitter!”
-Birds on the blog

“Her blog focuses on women’s rights, democracy, and the politics of Yemen”
-Middle Easterner


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Photo courtesy: GU.com
Diving into the journalism ocean since 2008, Yemeni blogger and freelance writer, Afrah Nasser has been telling the untold stories about Yemen. Such stories had a high price for Nasser that she had to pay. She's been a political refugee in Sweden since May 2011 after receiving death threats for her anti-regime writings during Yemen's 2011 uprising.

Nasser paved her path into journalism after developing a humanitarian consciousness throughout her college years in Sana'a University while perusing a BA degree in English Linguistics (2004-2008). She began to contribute to the Yemen Times newspaper (2004-present) and later began working as a social and cultural editor at the Yemen Observer newspaper (2008-2011). As the uprising in Yemen erupted in 2011, Nasser realised that objectivity was a bullshit and she proudly wore the activist hat, becoming a diligent blogger, writing with a focus on human rights violations and gender issues in Yemen. The blog was meant to be in English as there have been very few English-speaking online outlets by native Yemenis. Nasser believes that the blog is her megaphone to the world.

She has written for Al Jazeera EnglishCNN, The National, Al Arabi magazine, Institute for War and Peace Reporting, Doha Center for Free Media, Al Akhbar, the European Magazine, the Dissident Blog, among others. She has appeared on Al Jazeera, France 24, BBC, Al ArabiyaSwedish Radio, SVT and TV4, commenting on a range issues related to Yemen and MENA region. Nasser also has worked in Sweden as a reporter at the Swedish International Radio (2012) and the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation (2013).

Besides being an international public speaker on Yemen's affairs, Nasser has occasionally worked as a workshop-facilitator and as a lecturer in topics related to new media technology tools, and media and power, sharing her knowledge and experience with various universities and institutions, such as; Gothenburg University, Aarhus University, Swedish Institute, Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation and Olof Palme Center. She has authored a chapter in the anthology of essays titled 'Everyday Racism' (2015), and a chapter in 'Now That We Have Tasted Hope: Voices from the Arab Spring' book (2012), and a chapter in (يحدث في الطريق) 'Happening on the Street' book (2012) sharing her own experience with sexual harassment.

Afrah Nasser holds a BA degree in English linguistics from Sana'a University (2004-2008) and a master's degree in Communication from Gothenburg University (2013-2015). She currently works as a freelance writer and frequently blogs at the Huffingtonpost