About




Change Square, Sana'a, Yemen. (c) Ameen Al-ghabri.
From humble beginnings in the Raqqas quarter of Sanaa (حارة الرقاص), to an early career in journalism and the role of an activist in Yemen’s youth revolt of 2011, Yemeni blogger and freelance writer, Afrah Nasser, has been telling the untold stories about Yemen’s hidden cultural icons, embattled journalists and the plight of a population living under siege and suffering the stings of a devastating war.



A winner of the Committee to Protect Journalists’ International Press Freedom Award for 2017, Nasser used that international platform to try to turn the media and political spotlights to a hitherto ignored humanitarian disaster. She has taken her struggle in this regard to the corridors of power in Washington and Stockholm where she has been received by senators, members of Congress and high officials in the Swedish foreign ministry. Through her writings, her voice reaches well beyond that to international media, civil society leaders and Yemenis of the diaspora in search of someone to tell their stories to the world.

Nasser’s Bachelor’s degree in English Linguistics from Sana'a University (2004-2008) paved the way for her early career in journalism as a contributor at the Yemen Times newspaper (2004-2012) and later as a social and cultural editor at the Yemen Observer (2008-2011). In 2015, she earned a master's degree in Communication from Gothenburg University.


A diligent blogger since taking up residence in Sweden, Nasser has been a strong advocate of human rights in Yemen and a champion of gender equality in the Middle East. Her blog has been a personal medium through which she reaches out to English speaking Yemenis and to western scholars and journalists interested in Yemen. Her blog was featured as one of the 10 must-read blogs from the Middle East by CNN and one of the top Middle East blogs by Al-Monitor. As editor of the Sanaa Review, Nasser has used the Arabic language platform to highlight the work of Yemeni artists, singers and journalists whose stories do not often attract the international attention they deserve.


Internationally, Nasser has written for Al Jazeera English, CNN, The New Arab, Middle East Eye, Raseef22, 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 Arabiya, Swedish Radio, SVT and TV4, commenting on a wide range of issues related to Yemen and the MENA region. Nasser has also worked with the Swedish International Radio (2012) and the Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation (2013).


(c) Linnaeus University, Sweden - Dec. 2017.

Nasser’s workshops and lectures on social media and the tools of modern journalism have drawn invitation from various universities and institutions, such as; Gothenburg University, Aarhus University, Swedish Institute, Kvinna till Kvinna Foundation and Olof Palme Center. “Women in the World” summit featured her as a speaker on Yemen in 2018 and she has frequently spoken at the UN Human Rights Council


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.


Currently, Afrah Nasser is a freelance writer and a non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Hariri Center for the Middle East; she frequently blogs at the HuffingtonPost

You may contact Afrah Nasser via her email: afrah.nasser ( A T ) gmail.com or her Twitter: @afrahnasser.




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A selection of Afrah Nasser's awards and recognitions


"Recipient of Eldh-Ekblads Peace Prize for 2017"
-The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society


"Recipient of International Press Freedom Award for 2017"
-Committee to Protect Journalists 

'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