"Men need to consider their behaviour, because what men consider natural may not be seen the same way by women. Drawing the line means being able to say 'No', because as women we have a choice. "

- Dr. Martha Farrell
(1959 - 2015)

Kadam Badhato Chalo


The program empowers young boys and girls to question, take leadership and act - in their personal behaviour, families, communities and institutions - to prevent violence against women and girls. Young boys like Mohit, from Panipat district, Haryana. Once complicit in commenting on women and harassing girls with his friends, after joining KBC he now uses the content of his rap music to raise awareness on sexual violence and safety of women. And young girls like Kavita, from Baba RamdevBasti in Jaipur, who now believes that "even if one girl is free from fear, then all girls feel confident.

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Making Workplace Safe


A program implementing solutions to end sexual harassment of women at the workplace, and creating safe and dignified workplaces for women. The Foundation conducts open forum discussions, orientation workshops, training sessions and online learning modules. Through these, employees, organisational leaders, complaints committee members and students are sensitized and made aware about the meaning and forms of sexual harassment, available legal mechanisms and the procedure for filing complaints and seeking redressal.

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Governing Board

Dr Darlene Clover


Darlene E. Clover is a Professor of Leadership, Adult Education and Community Engagement Studies, University of Victoria. Her research areas include feminist adult education, women's leadership, arts-based methodologies, and cultural pedagogy and representation. Her current research focuses on how art galleries and museums take up women's and gender issues. She has designed The Feminist Museum Hack, a pedagogical and methodological tool that renders visible and disrupts patriarchal narratives and assumptions in displays and exhibitions. Darlene worked for a number of years with Martha on a project that explored how women learned to be or become politicians in Canada and India.

Dr Catherine Etmanski


Catherine Etmanski, PhD, is the Director of the School of Leadership Studies at Royal Roads University in Canada, where Dr. Martha Farrell was an Associate Faculty member. Dr. Etmanski is passionate about social and environmental justice, and seeks to incorporate creative elements into her research and teaching. Her recent books are titled, "Food Leadership" (2017) and "Learning and Teaching Community-Based Research" (2014; co-edited with Budd Hall and Teresa Dawson). Catherine currently serves as the Vice President of MFF-Canada. She first met Martha in 2005 and has been working on various projects in collaboration with PRIA since then, including the co-development of an online course titled, "International Perspectives in Participatory Research."

Dr Budd Hall


Dr. Budd Hall is Professor of Community Development in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria, and UNESCO Chair in Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility. He is a former Dean of the Faculty of Education and the Founding Director of UVIC's Office of Community-Based Research, now the Institute for Studies & Innovation in Community-University Engagement. He has done both theoretical and practical work more than 40 years in various aspects of community-based adult education and learning and participatory research.

Ms Lorna Beecroft


Lorna Beecroft, CAFM is the Financial Controller for Nanaimo Region John Howard Society. For the prior fifteen years she worked in Finance with Indian Bands in the Interior of BC, helping them to achieve financial stability and independent growth while immersing herself in their rich culture. She is also active in several organizations that advocate for and rescue animals in need.

Ms Jenny Marcus


Jenny Marcus has been involved with national adult literacy initiatives for the past 30 years. A former special education teacher, researcher for supported employment, communications director at Frontier College and 25 years as the National Director of the Peter Gzowski National Literacy Events.

Mr John McCormick


John McCormick is the Executive Director of the Nanaimo Region John Howard Society. He has focused his 25-year professional and volunteer life on social impact projects that increase community resilience and build capacity. He became acquainted with Dr. Martha Farrell's ground-breaking gender-based community development projects through the University of Victoria Masters in Community Development program, where he research project focused on Dr. Farrell's anti-violence work in India, called, Kadam Badhao (One Step Forward Campaign). John also holds a law degree (Osgoode Hall Law School) and a BA in Human Resource Development (University of Western Ontario).

Ms Tariqa Farrell Tandon


Daughter of Martha Farrell, Ms Tariqa Farrell Tandon is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Political Science at Carleton University, Canada. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and International Development from McGill University, Canada, and has previously worked as a research assistant at MacEwan University, Canada.

A short film on the life and work of Martha Farrell

Martha Farrell

Martha Farrell was a passionate civil society leader, renowned and respected in India and around the world for her work on women's rights, gender equality and adult education. She was among 14 people killed in a terrorist attack on a guest house in Kabul, Afghanistan on May 13, 2015. She had been leading a gender training workshop with the Aga Khan Foundation in Kabul at the time of the attack ...

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