Afsana Rashid is a journalist living in Indian-administered Kashmir and author of book, “Waiting for justice: widows and half-widows”. Currently, associated with The Tribune, one of the largest circulated English newspapers in India. Also associated with New Delhi based English fortnightly, Milli Gazette as correspondent for Srinagar. She has been associated with number of local dailies in Jammu and Kashmir like the Daily Khidmat (English), Daily Etalaat (English), The Kashmir Times and Kashmir Images. Afsana has worked with ETV News (Urdu) at Hyderabad in India.
She has also worked as Research Investigator for various research projects.
She received her Masters in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of Kashmir. She has also qualified her NET (National Eligibility Test) in Mass Communication and Journalism. In 2005, Afsana was awarded a fellowship for her work on impact of conflict on the subsistence livelihoods of marginalized communities in Kashmir by Action Aid India. The following year, she was awarded a Sanjoy Ghose Media fellowship for her work in conflict areas and Sanjoy Ghose Humanitarian Award for story writing on post-earthquake scenario. She also received a UN Population Fund-Laadli Media Award for best reporting in adverse conditions on gender issues in April 2008. Also, awarded for best reporting on grassroot innovations by Grassroot Innovation Augmentation Network (GIAN) North and the Bhoruka Charitable trust – Media Awards-2007.
In Feb-March 2006, she went to Cardiff, London for a training programme on “Conflict Reporting” and in 2007 to Amsterdam, Netherlands and in January 2009 she went to Kathmandu.
She has attended many workshops, seminars and conventions. She has also worked as Editor with Cultural Renewal of Kashmiri Student Youth (CROKSY), an NGO working for promotion of cultural activities in the valley. She has also worked as lecturer (on contract basis) in Mass Communication and Video Production (MCVP) at Government Degree College Baramulla, Kashmir.