Breakthrough is a global human rights organization seeking to make violence and discrimination against women and girls unacceptable. Working out of centers in India and the U.S., we use the power of arts, media, pop culture, and community mobilization to inspire people to take bold action to build a world in which all people live up to their full potential.
We create groundbreaking multimedia campaigns that bring human rights issues into the mainstream and make them relevant and urgent to individuals and communities worldwide. These, along with our in-depth trainings of young people, government officials, and community groups, have ignited a new Breakthrough Generation of leaders sparking change in the world around them.
Our current global campaign, Ring the Bell, calls on men worldwide to take concrete action to challenge violence against women. It is the worldwide expansion of our most internationally-lauded program to date, Bell Bajao (“Ring the Bell”) — recipient of a distinguished Cannes Silver Lion — which has inspired millions of men and boys in India and beyond to take a stand against domestic violence. Together with initiatives challenging early marriage and gender-biased sex selection, our programs work to bring dignity, equality, and justice into homes and communities around the world.
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Earlier this week, Boston firefighter Billy Vraibel watched a zippy 30-second animation while buying skates for his three sons at Pure Hockey, a sports store in the center of the working-class city of Medford, Mass. The eye-catching animated spot showed fans at a NASCAR race. As a female beer vendor walks by, a man raises his hand to slap her bottom. After his buddy grabs his hand and shakes his head, bystanders and race car drivers applaud.More...
Despite laws against it, rates of early marriage in India remain stubbornly high. One organisation is trying to get to the heart of the matter: changing the status of girls in societyMore...
A few weeks ago a man in Kenya posted a lengthy commentary in Facebook giving careful and graphic directions on how men could make sure their “child brides” did not die as the result of intercourse.* In a world in which child marriage is traditional, he was arguing that his advice was humane.More...
The practice of sex-selective abortion has resulted in a dramatic decline in the number of girls in certain parts of the world. It’s a genuine human rights crisis that, in places like the Indian state of Haryana, has led to a gender ratio of 832 girls for every 1,000 boys.More...
At 14, Reena Kumari (name changed) was told she’d be married soon. “I came to know my wedding was fixed for August 15, 2012 and that shattered my dream of becoming a teacher. I did not want to get married but my father is very poor and I had four sisters too,” says Reena Kumari in a YouTube video which has gone viral.More...