Call for Nominations 2020

- Most Promising Individual
- Best Organization for Gender Equality

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About the Award

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 ...

Rural Development Trust (RDT)

With a mission to empower rural communities in India and support them in their struggle to eradicate poverty, suffering and injustice, Vicente Ferrer along with Anne Perry co-founded the Rural Development Trust (RDT) in 1969 in Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh. In a land condemned to be a desert and where people couldn’t fulfil their basic needs, Vicente Ferrer was determined to pursue the belief that even the poorest of people ought to have a life of dignity and equality while in harmony with the environment.

RDT works on poverty alleviation in 3662 villages in 8 districts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. Their mission is to eradicate extreme poverty and human suffering along with providing eco-efficient agriculture, sustainable livelihoods and harmony between people and land. They work towards providing access to Job opportunities and improved status for poor educated youth and to have Equal opportunities, life of quality and dignity for all including persons with disabilities.

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 www.pria.org