With support from Rising Tide, Atlas Network supports projects that improve quality of life for women around the world. A wide variety of new initiatives at local and national levels spanning several continents have resulted from this program, with Atlas Network hosting webinars, in-person events, and consultation calls to highlight the importance of this issue.
The beneficiaries of our project with Atlas Network have been able to access financial resources, training opportunities, and to share knowledge on a global stage. Recipients of the Women's Economic Freedom grants have shared their project successes, including interactions with policymakerss, media mentions, virtual workshops, and proprietary research initiatives. The grants are supporting and facilitating projects that work to protect and improve women's rights, oftentimes in regions where women do not have equal access to property, economic, and civil rights.
Some of the organizations supported by our partnership with Atlas Network include the IMANI Center for Policy and Education, which is doing a project in Ghana to increase women's access to land. Despite Ghana's New Lands Act, which guarantees equal access to land for women, patriarchal social norms prevent women from accessing or owning property. This is particularly a problem in the rural savannah of Africa, where poverty is increasing and farming represents the main source of income for residents. By ensuring greater access and control of land, this organization hopes to improve economic opportunity for women in Ghana. To accomplish this, they will publish a policy paper, produce a corresponding video documentary, launch a media campaign, and engage with relevant local stakeholders.
Another project is looking to ease barriers for women's factory employment in Kerala, India with the Centre for Public Policy Research (CPPR). It aims to permit women to work at night in factories and undertake certain jobs that were deemed as hazardous for women centuries ago. Currently, women are prohibited by law from these employment opportunities. This effort will include a policy report and policy brief, both of which will be shared with the Kerala government to guide reforms that will expand women’s economic inclusion in Kerala. Similarly, Trayas Foundation is aiming s to repeal and amend state laws that prevent women in India from fully participating in the workforce. Women are restricted by law from industrial work, construction, and mining work, all of which are substantial sectors in the Indian economy; this vastly limits female employment. Trayas Foundation estimates that women will grow India’s GDP by 27% in the country if permitted to enter the workforce where they are presently prohibited.