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Collective Impact Partnership: Increasing the Economic Power of Girls and Women in India

Rise Up and the Public Health Institute, in partnership with the Global Fund for Women, How Women Lead and World Pulse, are leading a three-year project, “Collective Impact Partners: Women’s and Girl’s Economic Empowerment Advocacy in India” to increase the economic power of girls and women in India, where currently only 29% of women formally participate in the workplace.

The Collective Impact Partnership (CIP) focuses on strengthening women leaders’ advocacy, individual leadership, and digital capacities by investing in women’s efforts to advance economic empowerment and justice for women and girls in Maharashtra, India. These activities and targeted strategies will be supported by a $2.1 million grant from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The project will work with a cohort of 20 India-based women leaders to advance their own initiatives and will award grants to eight organizations. The Collective’s advocacy and leadership development approach will enable women leaders to:

  • Advance public policies that enhance economic empowerment for women;

  • Improve the implementation of existing legislation to enhance economic justice and empowerment;

  • Increase resource allocation to support women’s economic empowerment programs; and

  • Create a safe, curated online space for Indian women and girls to connect and raise awareness among allies and influencers on economic justice and empowerment, campaigns, and policies.

As a group, the CIP members have ties to more than 1,000 partner organizations across India, on-going relationships with more than 3,000 individual leaders, and more than 100 years advocating for gender equality.

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Program Director(s)

Denise Raquel Dunning
Mary Pittman

Here's How We're Making a Difference

Developing India's Next Generation of Leaders Working to Advance Women's Empowerment

Meet the CIP Leaders Advocating for Women's EmpowermentMeet Anuradha Bhosale, a Collective Impact Leader. Through the Avani Organization, she has worked with waste pickers in Kolhapur, India, helping to form a national association for waste pickers, leading trainings on “going green,” and advocating for access to water and facilities in areas of residences. She and the organization also focus on keeping the children of waste pickers in school and training them in life skills and leadership.

Meet Anuradha and the new CIP leaders expanding their skills and advocating for women’s economic and social justice issues in India.