The Martha Farrell Award for Excellence in Women’s Empowerment has been instituted to honour Dr. Farrell and her ideals. Launched in October 2016, it is a first-of-its-kind initiative to discover, recognise and honour mid-career individuals and committed institutions, which have made valuable contributions in the areas of women’s empowerment, gender equality or feminism in everyday life.
These individuals and institutions can come from any sector — government, business, industry or civil society; they can belong to any part of the country, rural or urban, but are working with the belief that women’s empowerment or gender equality is an everyday goal. Their strategies can be new or old, regional or national, small or mega, but clearly project their commitment towards women’s empowerment or gender equality within their contexts. Martha Farrell Award is an effort to recognize these different forms of activism and to amplify these multiple stories of change.
The annual Award is given in two categories with a prize money of INR 1,50,000 each:
Most Promising Individual
- Any professional of any gender, between 25 and 40 years of age, who is working in government, business, industry or civil society organizations in India;l
- The person has worked consistently for at least past five years to promote women’s empowerment or gender equality within the workplace, at home, in communities, in educational institutions, in society etc.;
- Innovative, practical and comprehensive approaches to social change promoting women’s empowerment or gender equality;
- Personal example and role model who practices values of feminism in everyday life.
Most Promising Individual 2019: Manu Gulati, Mentor Teacher, Delhi Government, New Delhi, India
Best Organization for Gender Equality
- Any organization, including government, business, industry, educational, health, media, unions, federations or civil society, registered in India or which is a department/center/campaign under a registered organization in India;
- The organization has been actively implementing systems/procedures/practices/strategies to mainstream gender both externally and internally. Such efforts should not just be limited to programme implementation but have also been working towards creating a gender-sensitive and gender equal environment within their own workplace;
- Such efforts have been consistent for at least past five years;
- Innovative, practical and comprehensive approaches to cultural and political change within the organization towards women’s empowerment or gender equality.
Best Organization for Gender Equality 2019: Mahila Jan Adhikar Samiti (MJAS), Ajmer, Rajasthan, India
To nominate a person or organisation for the Martha Farrell Award 2020 click here!