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.

Past Winners


Dr Georgina Oduro: University of Cape Coast (UCC), Ghana

41Dr Georgina Oduro (PhD) is the current Director of the Centre for GenderResearch, Advocacy and Documentation (CEGRAD), University of CapeCoast (UCC), Ghana and a senior lecturer with the Department of Sociologyand Anthropology. Dr. Oduro has been involved in outreach and advocacywork in the area of gender and sexual harassment issues at the UCC andbeyond - including the training of both students and staff on sexualharassment and gender related issues. She was a Takemi Fellow inInternational Health at the T. H. Chan school of Public Health, HarvardUniversity, USA during the 2016/2017 academic year where she researchedsex work among marginalised youth in Ghana. Her research interestsinclude gender, violence, marginalized youth, mixed-race identities, oceanculture and heritage and embodiment.


Dr Fatmatta Taqi: University of Sierra Leone

40Dr. Fatmatta Taqi (nee Cole), is an academic and an advocate who ispassionate about the empowerment of women and girls and stronglybelieves that education and relevant knowledge are key ‘changers’ of anysituation. Dr. Taqi is the Director of Academic and Career Advisory andCounselling Services (ACACS), and the Students Complaints Centre at theUniversity of Sierra Leone, and a lecturer in the Department of LanguageStudies and the Institute for Gender Research and Documentation(INGRADOC) at Fourah Bay College. With a passion for gender parity, equityand inclusion, Dr. Taqi is the immediate past president of the renowned50/50 Group of Sierra Leone and serves in various capacities within otherorganisations.



Dr Scholastica Omondi: University of Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Scholastica Omondi is the Associate Dean, School of Law, KisumuCampus at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a PhD in Law, aMasters in Sociology and a Bachelors in Law all from the University ofNairobi. The PhD thesis in Law examined the 'Implications of theAdversarial Criminal Trial on the Special Needs of Child Victims of SexualAbuse in Kenya'. She has just completed a second PhD study in Sociologyand is currently awaiting the assessment of the thesis at KenyattaUniversity in Kenya. The PhD thesis is on 'The Socio-cultural and economicdeterminants of Accessing Justice by Victims of Spouse Abuse in Kenya'.She previously worked as a State Counsel, Magistrate and Judge in Kenya.She is a researcher and consultant in socio-legal issues. As a lecturer, sheteaches courses such as gender, criminal law, children rights, evidence,victimology, criminal justice and human rights amongst others. Dr Omondimentors’ students and has published several journal articles as well asbooks in these areas.