Martha Farrell Memorial Fellowship


The Martha Farrell Memorial Fellowship offers two staff members of universities in East Africa andAsia with training and support to institute safer and more conducive learning spaces on theircampuses. The Fellowship Program relies on the Foundation's expertise of creating effective anti-sexual harassment policies and strategies, and is open to professional and academic staff of allACU member universities in East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) and Asia (Bangladesh,Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka and the Maldives).

What the Fellowship Entails

The Fellowship constitutes a one-week training program hosted by the Martha Farrell Foundationin New Delhi, India. Applicants are expected to share an outline action plan to showcase how theirhome institution can address the issue of sexual harassment on campus spaces. The trainingsupplements this plan by offering practical solutions and advice for the implementation of theplan, which the Fellow will then return to their university to institute.

The Fellows will receive funded return economy travel to New Delhi and accommodation, localtravel, and sustenance while undertaking the training. In addition, a grant of up to GBP 1000 canbe claimed for research costs and other costs arising from the fellowship, offered by theAssociation of Commonwealth Universities.

About The Association of Commonwealth Universities

The Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) is an international organisation dedicated to building a better world through higher education. Leveraging the power of internationalcollaboration, the ACU brings universities together from around the world to help advanceknowledge, promote understanding, broaden minds and improve lives. The ACU championshigher education as a cornerstone of stronger societies, supporting its members, partners andstakeholders to adapt to a changing world.

Fellows 2021


Dr. Millicent Adjei: Ashesi University, Ghana

41Dr. Millicent Adjei is the Director of Diversity and International Programs and an Adjunct Lecturer at the Humanities and Social Sciences department at Ashesi University. She plays multiple roles to provide strategic leadership to the university in the areas of international programming, driving diversity, equity, and inclusion as a core institutional practice, and overseeing the development, implementation, and compliance of policies and programs to ensure a zero-tolerance sexual misconduct campus. Through her leadership, Dr. Adjei has been instrumental in initiating and designing Ashesi’s sexual misconduct mandatory training for all new members of the Ashesi community – faculty, staff, administrators, and students and closely monitors the campus climate to provide continuous programming and support interventions through the university’s Annual Campus Climate on Appropriate Sexual Conduct Survey. At the Humanities and Social Science department, Dr. Adjei teaches a course in Leadership as Service and is passionate about youth development and empowerment through education. Her research and scholarly work focus on high-impact support interventions for students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds. She holds an MA in Educational Policy and Administration, and a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Development in Education, both from the University of Minnesota. She is a Ford Foundation IFP Fellow and a board member of the Melton Foundation.


Shola Coker: Covenant University, Nigeria

41Shola Coker is the Counselling Psychologist at the Counselling Center of Covenant University, the best Private University in Nigeria. She is also an alumnus of Covenant University where she had her first degree in Psychology and her Masters in Psychology from University of Lagos. She is a member of the Association of Professional Counsellors of Nigeria and an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Managers. She provides support to students who are experiencing emotional trauma, mental health and diverse academic challenges. She is member of several students centered activities on campus and her research interests include on Gender related issues, Forensic Victimology, Human Sexuality, Sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment among others. She is also a member of Covenant University Women Development and Human Security Initiatives (CU-WDHSI) and Covenant Applied Informatics and Communication African Centre of Excellence (CApIC-ACE), as the Harassment Counsellor for the research cluster. It was through this platform she applied and qualified for the prestigious Martha Farrell Foundation Fellowship. Her project is focused on Ending Sexual Harassment and Harassment related issues on campus by creating a mechanism that will ensure safe spaces for both Students and Faculty on campus.


Zahra Tharani: Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery, Pakistan

41Zahra Tharani has worked in multiple capacities in the community setting. She was trained at addressing sexual health and sexual abuse concerns. She was part of a training which was titled; CREATE: A cascade training approach to Enhance Peoples’ Knowledge, Attitude, and Practice to Address Adolescents’ Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). It was a joint venture of Sigma Theta Tau International and Aahung (A nonprofit organization in Pakistan) for conducting sessions in community addressing adolescent’s sexual health, Hygiene and safeguarding concerns of both males and females.  She has worked in the capacity of advocacy and awareness regarding sexual health and human rights at multiple platforms. The session encompasses menstrual health and hygiene, pubertal changes in male and females and about safeguarding their body (good touch and bad touch).

Additionally, as her Master’s in Science of Nursing thesis, Zahra developed a Life Skill Based (LSB) curriculum for engaging men in women empowerment. This curriculum was tailor made according to the needs of the community extracted from qualitative data. This LSB curriculum was then given to experts in the field of gender training and curriculum creation; within the country and abroad for the Content Validity Index of the curriculum. The title of the thesis was “Development and validation of a Manualized Life Skills Building Curriculum for Men Engagement in Women Empowerment.” This study was nested under a larger study “Men engagement in Women empowerment (MEWE) through Cash Transfer and Life Skills Building” which was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.