Dr. Mrs. Nemata Majeks-Walker started her career in education in Sierra Leone and later the USA and UK. She is currently a dynamic international consultant and an experienced facilitator/trainer, campaigner and lobbyist, who has travelled the world to share her expertise in gender, leadership, advocacy and politics since 1999. She has worked with aspiring women politicians, civil society activists, youths, members of the media, and various international organizations.
In 2001, she founded the 50/50 Group of Sierra Leone, which is similar to the “300 Group” that had been set up in England by Lesley Abdela. Her Group is a non-partisan campaign for equal representation of women and men in politics and public life through training and advocacy. The Group encourages and empowers women to participate in politics.
Her work with the 50/50 Group saw the organisation become the first African group and the third globally to win the coveted Madeleine Albright Award in 2007. The Award was created to honour annually, an organization that exhibits exceptional promise in creating a greater role for women in political and civic life.
In one of her consultancies, she helped to produce a women’s manifesto in Liberia; trained prospective women candidates in the October 2005 general election, which ushered in the first female president in West Africa. In 2010, she worked with UNIFEM as a Senior Gender & Elections Advisor in Juba (Southern Sudan) and Tanzania and educated women on their civic rights and responsibilities in the electoral process and the general public on the role that women can play in the public domain.
Today, as Chair of the Group’s Fundraising Committee, she is involved in raising funds to see the Group’s headquarters and Gender and Women’s Leadership Training Institute building completed at Tower Hill, strategically situated only a few hundred yards from the nation’s Parliament building.