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.

2018 Winners

Most Promising Individual

Nadiya Shafi
Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
Community Correspondent, Video Volunteers

Armed with her camera and an urge to tell hidden stories, Nadiya Shafi, a video reporter is defying social norms in her conflict ridden home state of Jammu and Kashmir. For the last seven years, she has been bringing out stories of Kashmiri women, whose lives have been marred by the armed conflict and a patriarchal society. These stories, which are often ignored by the national and local media, are now giving voice to the unseen and unheard women of Kashmir. She was also the first one to uncover the violence faced by Transgender people in Kashmir. Today, she is leading gender discussion clubs in Srinagar to enable a safe space for students, labourers, farmers, housewives and artisans to discuss issues related to gender, sexuality and religion.

Like Martha, Nadiya has shown indomitable courage and commitment to work for women’s empowerment and gender equality. Her work and fearlessness will ease the path for the coming generation of strong and independent women in Jammu and Kashmir.

Best Organization for Gender Equality

Resource and Support Centre for Development (RSCD)
Mumbai, Maharashtra

RSCD was founded in 1994, as a network campaign promoting a vision of a society where equal and appropriate opportunities are ensured for all. In the year 2000, they initiated the Mahilla Rajsatta Andolan (MRA), which is a state-wide campaign for women in governance in Maharashtra. Within a span of 17 years, this campaign has successfully pushed for several policy changes to strengthen women’s participation and leadership in the Panchayati Raj. Currently, RSCD is working in 30 districts of Maharashtra, with a regional network of over 150 CSOs and with over 3000 elected women representatives.

The senior leadership and district teams of RSCD comprise only women. They also provide for special platforms, forums and workshops, where they train male sarpanches and panches on various aspects of gender and governance. RSCD encourages all its employees and members to make their personal lives a part of their political and professional lives and transform the gendered status quo within their families, communities and workplaces.
RSCD’s work reflects Martha’s commitment to gender mainstreaming within organizations and re-iterates that the ‘Personal is the Political’.

Finalists 2018: Most Promising Individual

Yougan Tamang

Gangtok, Sikkim
Journalist; founder of Sikkim Chronicle

Reena Ramteke

Ghariaband, Chhattisgarh
Founder, Navnirman Chetna Jan Manch

Nadiya Shafi

Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir
Editor & Kashmir Correspondent, Video Volunteers

Japleen Pasricha

Founder, Feminism in India

Bhavya Chitranshi

Rayagada, Odisha
Co-founder, Eka Nari Sangathan

Finalists 2018: Best Organization for Gender Equality

Video Volunteers

Empowering Community Voices
Bardez, Goa

Society for Nutrition, Education and Health Action (SNEHA)

Mumbai, Maharashtra

Purple Audacity Research and Innovation (PARI)

 New Delhi

Fontal Development Foundation (FDF)

Deoghar, Jharkhand

Amrita Multi Modal Applications and Computer Human Interaction

Amritapuri, Vallikavu, Kerala

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