Dr Martha Farrell was director of PRIA’s gender programme and campaigned tirelessly for women’s rights, gender equality and adult education.
In 2015, while in Afghanistan to lead a gender training workshop, she was among 14 people killed in a Taliban attack. The Martha Farrell Foundation was set up in her memory to continue her work.
The Martha Farrell Memorial Fellowships draw on the Foundation’s expertise to offer staff members from an ACU member university training and support so that they can introduce an effective anti-sexual harassment initiative at their home university.
Open to professional and academic staff of ACU member universities in East and West Africa: Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda, and Asia: Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka and the Maldives
The fellowships offer an online training programme delivered by the Martha Farrell Foundation. As part of the application, applicants will need to submit a plan of work showing how their home institution can address the issue of sexual harassment on campus. The training received will offer practical solutions and advice for the development and implementation of the plan.
Six months after completing the training, the fellow will submit a detailed report showing how the training has enabled them to put their action plan into effect. Fellows are also required to share one of the outputs from their work with other ACU member universities.
Value of Fellowship
Fellows will receive free access to the training programme and follow-up online support from the Martha Farrell Foundation. In addition, each fellow will receive a grant of GBP £1,000 in order to support the implementation of their initiative.
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‘Before my fellowship work, nobody talked about this heinous act openly. Now every stakeholder in the Institute of Education and Research, University of Dhaka, has been concerned about this matter. After the awareness campaign, they know the types and nature of sexual harassment and what they have to do if they face any incidents.’
- Mojibur Rahman, Martha Farrell Fellowship recipient and Associate Professor at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.