Winners of 5th Martha Farrell Award Announced

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.

About the Award

“The Martha Farrell Award for Excellence in Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality is afirst-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 and living feminism in their everyday lives and practices. Open to individuals and institutions from any sector/industry, including corporates, civil society, government, education, etc, the Award offers nominees and winners a platform to grow and network with like-minded professionals and institutions working in the space of gender empowerment and equality. Winners also receive a pr ...

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