Two cash prizes of Rs. 1.5 lakhs for each category

The Martha Farrell Award for Excellence in Women’s Empowerment honours gender equality, women’s empowerment and feminism in everyday life – the legacy of Dr. Martha Farrell, who devoted her life to promoting these ideals.

Do you know of an individual, or organization, who undertakes practical, in-situ work in India to bring about cultural and social change that embraces gender equality? Is your organization one where excellence in work is valued, and individuals are committed to sustained change for equality of all genders in the workplace? Are you someone who has made valuable contributions on the issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment, in your personal life and in your organization?  Nominate yourself, an individual or an organization to recognize and honour their contributions, commitment, leadership and innovations in championing gender equality and women’s empowerment in India.

The Martha Farrell Award for Excellence in Women’s Empowerment, a first of its kind initiative, will help advocate their inspiring interventions for future practice and replication.

The award will be given in two categories, one for each category:

  1. Most promising individual
    • Professionals, between 25 and 40 years of age, who are part of government, business, industry or civil society organizations.
    • Has worked consistently over the past 5-10 years to promote women’s empowerment within the workplace, in communities, in schools/colleges, in society, etc.
    • Innovative and practical approaches to cultural and social change promoting women’s empowerment.
    • Personal example and role model practicing values of gender equality in everyday life.
  2. Best organization for gender equality
    • Any organization, including businesses, government departments and agencies, non-profits, educational, health and media organizations, registered in India.
    • The organization has been actively implementing systems/procedures/practices which create gender sensitive and gender equal environment within their own workplace.
    • Such efforts have been consistent over the past 5 years.
    • Innovative and practical approaches to cultural change in organizations towards women’s empowerment and gender equality.
  3. A jury of eminent personalities will select two finalists, one in each category, who will be felicitated in a ceremony in April 2017.

    You may nominate more than one individual/organization.

    Please fill in separate forms for each individual/organization you wish to nominate.

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The Award is co-sponsored by Rizwan Adatia Foundation (RAF) and Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA).

Rizwan Adatia Foundation (RAF)

Rizwan Adatia Foundation (RAF) strives to achieve the improvement in Quality of Life (QoL) of poor and marginalised communities in Asia and Africa through interventions in the areas of health, education, income generation, livelihoods. RAF endeavours to touch millions of people by empowering them to become self-reliant, ensuring quality education for the marginalised, inner happiness across the age groups, job opportunities for the deserving youth, food and medical facilities, relief and recovery support to areas facing natural disaster. In its bid to address the stated development issues, the Foundation partners with wide array of civil society, private sector and local government agencies, to nurture and expand its development and humanitarian agenda. For more information, please log on to

Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA)

Established in 1982, PRIA (Participatory Research in Asia) is registered under the Societies Registration Act, XXI 1860. Based in New Delhi, PRIA is global centre for building Capacities of Citizens, Communities and Institutions, to enable vibrant and gender-equal societies. PRIA has field offices in 8 states and linkages with 3000 NGOs to deliver its programmes.  PRIA has supported the empowerment of women since its inception. In earlier phases, participation of marginalised rural women was promoted through literacy projects and learning savings and credit skills for livelihood improvement. In recent years, PRIA has supported leadership of young women and men to work together to bring about changes in attitudes of their families and in the responsiveness of government to help eliminate violence against women. For more information, please log on to