On April 25, 2018, at Nehru Memorial Auditorium in Teen Murti Bhawan, New Delhi, the two winners of the second Martha Farrell Award for Excellence in Women's Empowerment were felicitated for their courage and commitment.
The 2nd Martha Farrell Award Ceremony began with a short film on Martha Farrell Foundation, which has been carrying forward Dr. Martha Farrell’s spirit and legacy by advancing her pioneering work on gender mainstreaming. The Foundation has also been carrying forward Martha’s commitment to work with men and boys to change gendered power relationships. This was discussed further in a stimulating conversation between Mr. Suheil Farrell Tandon, Executive Director, MFF, Mr. Rizwan Adatia, Founder and Chairperson, Rizwan Adatia Foundation and Ms. Poonam Muttreja, Executive Director, Population Foundation of India.
“We cannot just limit our activism to protest marches. We have to practice what we preach. If men really stand for gender equality, then they have to practice it in their everyday lives, through simple everyday actions. This might also mean that we will have to challenge what our families and friends believe and practice”, said Suehil Farrell Tandon.
“Being a Kashmiri woman, my work has often been subjected to ridicule, censorship and indifference. This award will further help me in amplifying the voices of marginalized Kashmiri women”, said Nadiya Shafi, the winner in the category of ‘Most Promising Individual’. Nadiya is a video correspondent from Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, who was selected by the jury from a pool of 82 nominations.
“Since 1994, we have been facilitating women-led organized action, so that these women become leaders and also empower other women in their communities. We thank Martha Farrell Award for recognizing our efforts and we will continue to work towards Martha's dream of a gender-just society”, said Malti Sagne from Resource and Support Centre for Development (RSCD) in Maharashtra, the winner in the category of ‘Best Organization for Gender Equality’. Chosen as the winner from 65 nominations, RSCD is a 17-year-old network campaign organization that promotes women’s political participation at the grassroots level, while also ensuring women have an equal voice within the organization.
The ceremony concluded with a soulful performance from Trippy Sama, World Music Project, which celebrated the spirit and passion of our gender champions.