The promotion of reconciliation and the protection of human rights are fundamental to cementing peace in a society that is deeply divided and which has experienced a history of human rights violations and abuse. The Peace Agreements unequivocally stated that inequalities must be named and addressed if there was to be any hope of building new relationships between and within communities and traditions. Atlantic's grantmaking has sought to protect the rights of those most marginalised and has focused on the protection of rights to address injustice and build a peaceful and stable society.
One of the most visible manifestations of the deep division in Northern Ireland is reflected in a segregated school system – less than 10 per cent of children attend religiously integrated schools.
As a limited life foundation, we are investing in areas where we believe Atlantic can achieve significant progress in the relatively short time we have remaining.