Majda El Bied is Senior Program Manager for Africa for the Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Sierra Leone, Kenya, Mozambique, Ghana, Botswana, Uganda and Nigeria. She has worked in the field of parliamentary and political party strengthening for over 5 years has a keen interest in supporting women parliamentarians. Thus she organised the first women’s parliament in Uganda and has worked with female MPs and leading civil society activists in the DRC as part of a programme that sought to develop their leadership skills. Through this work Majda was able to demonstrate how MPs and civil society activists can work effectively together to overcome traditional social barriers, and advance issues of social justice.
A native French speaker, Majda has a bachelor's in journalism and a master's in communication studies from the Institute des Hautes Etudes des Communications Sociales (IHECS), Brussels. Majda has also attended a program that focused on understanding women’s human rights at the London School of Economics.
In her own words:
I have met many talented female MPs and members of civil society over the course of my work in Africa. I’ve always been impressed and deeply moved by their unrelenting willingness to overcome the challenges they face in order to represent their community as well as improve it. More women must be elected into senior positions in Africa, and this need is shared by other continents–Africa is not alone. It is a privilege to be part of Fempo as it offers a platform for women to be more visible, exchange ideas and raise funds through social media.
It is my dream to see more women in charge of portfolios where we don’t expect them. That will constitute real change, and once this happens then we can talk about parity!