Reem Abbas

Journalist and Women's Rights Activist

Region(s): Africa
Country of focus: Sudan
Based in Khartoum


Current Occupation: Journalist and Women's Rights Activist
Language: English, Arabic

Reem Abbas (@ReemWrites) is a freelance Sudanese journalist and winner of the 2011 Blogher award for her blog on human rights and current affairs in Sudan.

She has worked at two Sudanese independent newspapers, and her writings on press freedoms have appeared in ‘Index on Censorship’ and the ‘Doha Center for Media Freedom’. Reem’s articles on human rights and the peace process in Sudan have appeared in the CS Monitor, Al-Monitor, the Guardian, Open Democracy, African Arguments, Womens E-News, Africa Review, the East African newspaper among other media outlets.

In addition to her writing, Reem is currently a communications expert and has conducted high level advocacy efforts for several organizations, including at the African Commission and the United Nations. She has also coordinated a number of large-scale campaigns for the SIHA network –a women’s rights organization working in the Horn of Africa–  most prominently the Maryam Yahya campaign.

Reem studied sociology and journalism at the American University in Cairo (AUC), and pursued gender and migration graduate studies at Ahfad University for Women in Sudan. Her thesis was on political refugees in Sudan.