Call for Nominations for the Martha Farrell Award

By Eunsook Hong

SPF has been contacted by colleagues in India regarding an annual award recognizing the life of a passionate civil society leader and gender equality advocate.

Nominations from India-based people and organizations are now being sought for The Martha Farrell Award. The Martha Farrell Award for Excellence in Women’s Empowerment and Gender Justice was established in 2016 in collaboration with Rural Development Trust (RDT) and Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA). The Award has been instituted to honor Dr. Martha Farrell and her ideals. Dr. Farrell was a passionate civil society leader, known for her work on women’s rights, gender equality and adult education. She was killed in a terrorist attack in Kabul (Afghanistan) in May 2015, while she was leading a training on gender with the Aga Khan foundation.

The Award is a first-of-its-kind initiative to discover, recognize and honor mid-career individuals and committed institutions, which have made valuable contributions in the areas of women’s empowerment, gender equality and feminism in everyday life. The award is given in two categories, with prize money of INR 1.5 Lacs for each category: 1. “Most Promising Individual” – a person of any gender, between the age of 25-40, who has worked consistently for promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment 2. “Best Organization for Gender Equality” – which has been implementing practices and systems to create gender sensitive and secure workplaces. In its 5th year, we are also presenting a Special Jury Award under each category. We encourage you to send us your nominations for the award. This process is entirely email-based. The forms (in English and Hindi) can be obtained by writing to To know more about the award and the award criteria, please visit this link: