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Side by Side: The Story of the 50/50

March 30, 2008

WASHINGTON – A documentary, Side by Side: The Story of
the 50/50 Group of Sierra Leone, was screened at the
Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles, CA, last
month. The documentary profiles the development of the
50/50 Group, founded in 2000 to promote the
participation of women in Sierra Leone’s post-war

The 50/50 Group emerged out of the ruins of a
decade-long civil war that resulted in over 50,000
deaths, thousands maimed, and enormous destruction of
property and infrastructure. The group has grown from
a handful of women meeting in borrowed space in the
capital, Freetown, to a nationally recognized
organization actively engaged in building a new
post-war Sierra Leone in which women can share equally
with men in the political decisions that affect their

Presented by the National Democratic Institute (NDI),
the documentary is narrated by former U.S. Secretary
of State Madeleine K. Albright, NDI’s chairman, and
recounts the inspirational history and achievements of
a remarkable group of women. With support from NDI,
the 50/50 Group seeks to live up to its name by
ensuring an equal share of power between men and women
in the country’s traditionally male-dominated
political system. The group was established to change
public perception of women in politics, remove
barriers to women’s political participation, and equip
the next generation of women candidates with the tools
necessary to achieve electoral success.

The film may be viewed here:



PART 2  

Learn more about the 50/50 Group:

Producers: Dwayne Johnson-Cochran and Tiffany Persons;
Executive Producers: Reina King and Regina King;
Editor: Phillip Andrew Morton

NDI is a non-profit organization working to strengthen
and expand democracy worldwide. NDI works with
democrats in every region of the world to build
political and civic organizations, safeguard
elections, and promote citizen participation,
openness, and accountability in government.  More
information is available at

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