Who I Am
Nemata started her career in education. She was head of the English Department at the Annie Walsh Memorial School, the premier girls secondary school in Sierra Leone. She also lectured Foundation Course part-time at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. She later served as the country’s curriculum development officer for English at the Institute of Education. She was also an examiner for the West African Examinations Council.
On completion of her PhD, she served as an education officer for the Inner London Education Authority, Wandsworth, Hackney, Brent, Lewisham, Lambeth and Sutton boroughs in England. After this, she acquired an international consultancy – Adviser in English and Communications Skills – for the then Overseas Development Administration (ODA), now the Department For International Development on contract to the Government of Ghana. She was part of the team that established the Distance Learning In Service Education and Training course for teachers at the University College of Education in Winneba.
Nemata later worked as an education consultant for PLAN International, Sierra Leone where she was responsible for country strategic planning, project cycle management and establishing various networks of community-based organisations
What I Do
Based in Sierra Leone, I offer high-quality development consultancy services to NGOS, development agencies, government departments, research institutions and community groups throughout the West African region.
I have expertise in the following areas :
- Capacity building including leadership and political campaigning, fundraising, proposal writing, time management and other personal development skills
- Communications training including skills in lobbying, advocacy, campaigning, public speaking and presentation
- Developing and publishing training handbooks
- Women’s human rights
- Working with the Media
- Strategic planning
- Project cycle management
In the News
The heights by great men (and women) reached and kept Were not attained by sudden flight; But they, while their companions slept Were toiling upward in the night. I am happy to have this opportunity of sharing my life story for two reasons: the first is to illustrate that apparent disadvantages in one’s early life […]
Citation of Ahmad Tejan Kabbah by the women of Sierra Leone By The Women of Sierra Leone CITATION to HIS EXCELLENCY, THE PRESIDENT OF SIERRA LEONE ALHAJI DR. AHMAD TEJAN KABBAH ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY, 8 MARCH 2007 (celebrated on 20 March 2007) by Dr. Mrs. Nemata Eshun-Baiden on behalf of all the women of […]
By Mariama Kandeh Founder and erstwhile president of the gender advocacy group 50-50, said Friday that the manifestos of political parties in Sierra Leone are not gender friendly. Addressing journalists at the British Council hall in Freetown, Dr. Nemata Eshun-Baiden said the Women’s Manifesto would spur political parties to include women’s concerns on their agenda. […]
The Fifty Fifty Group
In November 2000, Nemata founded the 50/50 Group Campaign in Sierra Leone to campaign for equal representation for women in politics and political life in Sierra Leone.
She led the Group’s lobbying work on equality between women and men in politics and public life as its first president. The group was formally launched impressively and symbolically in the Sierra Leone House of Parliament six months before the 2002 general elections.
In addition to building a high political and public profile through advocacy and media work, the achievements of the group in the run up to the 2002 general elections include the following:
- Trained a network of over 60 trainers based across Sierra Leone.
- Published a training manual for trainers’ use.
- Trained over 2000 women in campaign, communication and advocacy skills and the role of women in Parliament.
- Produced a women’s manifesto.
- At the end of the 2002 election an increased number of 165 women stood for election with 18 being elected. Previously there were only 6 women in parliament. There was a 50 percent increase in the ministerial and deputy ministerial categories. These elections also recorded the country’s first-ever woman presidential and two vice-presidential candidates.