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Martha Farrell Fellowships

Theme: Access and inclusion

The Martha Farrell Memorial Fellowship helps drive systemic change– both on campus and beyond.

To date, fellows from ACU member universities across East Africa and Asia have benefited from the Martha Farrell Foundation’s expertise, receiving specialist training and support to combat sexual harassment and in turn boost equity and equality.

Working in partnership with the Martha Farrell Foundation ​highlights our commitment to advancing gender equity across the Commonwealth.  ​


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.

Applications closed on Wednesday 26 August 2020.

Meet the fellows

Martha Farrell fellow Gina Oduro sits down at a desk signing papers

Dr Georgina Oduro

University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Georgina Yaa Oduro (PhD) is the current Director of the Centre for Gender Research, Advocacy and Documentation (CEGRAD), University of Cape Coast (UCC), and a senior lecturer with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Dr. Oduro has been involved in outreach and advocacy work in the area of gender and sexual harassment issues at the UCC and beyond - including the training of both students and staff on sexual harassment and gender related issues.  She was a Takemi Fellow in International Health at the T. H. Chan school of Public Health, Harvard University, USA during the 2016/2017 academic year where she researched sex work among marginalised youth in Ghana. Her research interests include gender, violence, marginalized youth, mixed-race identities, ocean culture and heritage and embodiment.

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Dr Fatmatta Taqi

University of Sierra Leone

Dr. Fatmatta Taqi (nee Cole) is an academic and an advocate who is passionate about the empowerment of women and girls and strongly believes that education and relevant knowledge are key ‘changers’ of any situation. Dr. Taqi is the Director of Academic and Career Advisory and Counselling Services (ACACS), and the Students Complaints Centre at the University of Sierra Leone, and also a lecturer in the Department of Language Studies and the Institute for Gender Research and Documentation (INGRADOC) at Fourah Bay College. With a passion for gender parity, equity and inclusion, Dr. Taqi is the immediate past president of the renowned 50/50 Group of Sierra Leone and serves in various capacities within other organisations.

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Dr Scholastica Omondi

University of Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Scholastica Omondi is the Associate Dean, School of Law, Kisumu Campus at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She holds a PhD in Law, a Masters in Sociology and a Bachelors in Law all from the University of Nairobi. The PhD thesis in Law examined the 'Implications of the Adversarial Criminal Trial on the Special Needs of Child Victims of Sexual Abuse in Kenya'. She has just completed a second PhD study in Sociology and is currently awaiting the assessment of the thesis at Kenyatta University in Kenya. The PhD thesis is on 'The Socio-cultural and economic determinants 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, she teaches courses such as gender, criminal law, children rights, evidence, victimology, criminal justice and human rights amongst others. Dr Omondi mentors students and has published several journal articles as well as books in these areas. 

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