"“I started being a journalist ten days before the protests started. At the time, I wasn’t very enthusiastic about the use of social media, I liked my simple phone with no Facebook or anything, but then I went into the streets on January, 21st,. I had my notebook and pen to write notes as I usually do, but I noticed something historic was really happening and I couldn’t describe it on paper. So I got a little camera in one hand, my phone on the other, and I learned how to use Twitter. Since then I realized it has to be a tool for any journalist working in the area,” said Heba Afify who has now over 6000 followers on her Twitter account @HebaAfify.""
"Women bloggers make up the majority of bloggers found online today says Nielsen, the internet analytics giant. Today 6.7 million people who want to publish their opinions are reaching the public via the internet, many of them using blogging as a way to do this. Another 12 million bloggers write using social networks platforms. It is not a surprise that women who want to reach the public with their ideas care about human rights and social justice.
As a Yemeni freelance writer, journalist and blogger Afrah’s work hasn’t been ignored. On the contrary, her work has been featured as one of the “10 must-read blogs from the Middle East” by CNN.com. She recently spoke in Mexico City during the Female Bloggers Forum as part of DHFEST, Mexico City’s International Film Festival for Human Rights where WNN – Women News Network caught up with her and the other women bloggers who came to speak.
“It all started before the revolution. I was thinking that I would not report on politics,” outlined Afrah Nasser who’s work focuses on women’s rights, democracy and politics. Since May 2011 she has written in exile from her base in Sweden, a choice she did not want to make. As she began to expose corruption in the region, Naseer faced increased threats because of her writings and opinions.
“So I reported [on Yemen] only on cultural and social topics. But the thing is, the more you report about social problems the more you see that the political system has to change,” Nasser continued.
Four other smart and courageous women bloggers joined Nasser recently on stage in front of a large crowd, more than a 1,000 people on October 3, 2013 at the University of Claustro de Sor Juana. The star group of expert women bloggers included Heba Afify from Egypt; Judith Torrea Oiz from Spain living in Ciudad Juárez; Malaika Mahlatsi of South Africa; and Claudia Calvin Venero from Mexico.
Blogging for Freedom of Expression
“[The] Internet has allowed for the empowerment of women,” outlined Mr. Frank La Rue at the opening of the event.
...the ability for bloggers to blog on conditions from their locations as they face dangers ‘on-the-ground’."
Via Thierry Belleguic