Deepa Pawar and Shaheen Women’s Resource and Welfare Association, the two winners were felicitated at the 5th Martha Farrell Award Ceremony on 20th November, along with Special Jury Awardees, Suman Devathiya and Sappho for Equality.
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:
● 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.
● 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.
● 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.
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.
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