Atiaf Alwazir

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Atiaf Zaid Al-Wazir
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Born Atiaf Zaid Al-Wazir
Residence Sana’a, Yemen
Occupation Researcher, Citizen Journalist, Blogger, Social Activist

Atiaf Zaid Al-Wazir is a researcher, human rights activist, citizen journalist and blogger and co-founder of the media advocacy group Support Yemen. Now Al-Wazir resides in Tunis, Tunisia.[1]

Personal life and education[edit]

Al-Wazir was born in Sana’a and grew up in the US and Egypt. Her father is Zaid Ali Alwazir, a Yemeni scholar, who produced a large number of publications on political Islam, including the controversial book Al-Fardia, or "Autocracy": a research on authoritarianism in Islamic history.[2] She received her Master in International Relations from American University, in Washington, D.C. Her dissertation focused on women in prison in Yemen, between honor and crime.[3]


Since 2011, Al-Wazir has chronicled the revolution in Yemen on her blog, 'Woman from Yemen' on which is broadcast documentaries supported by observations and eye witness accounts, related videos and images. She has nine years experience of campaigning for social justice programs in the Middle East and North Africa via supporting various civic societies programs.[4] She has spoken extensively on "human rights, humanitarian relief and political awareness."

She was a non-resident research fellow at The Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP). She wrote on the "Independent Youth Movement in Yemen's Transition" in the project “Transformation, Elite Change and New Social Mobilization in the Arab World” and talked about the role of Yemen's independent youth movement in the National Dialogue Conference.[5]

Al -Wazir worked at National Endowment for Democracy, Washington D.C. as a Program Officer from June 2004 to June 2008. Her work also is published in 'Foreign Policy, the Arab Reform Initiative, Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), Jaddaliya, Al-Akhbar'.[6]