Breakthrough is a global human rights organization working to make violence against women and girls unacceptable.
Our mission is to prevent violence against women by transforming the norms and cultures that enable it. We carry out this mission by building a critical mass of change agents worldwide — the Breakthrough Generation — whose bold collective action will deliver irreversible impact on the issue of our time. Working out of centers in India and the U.S., we create innovative, relevant multimedia tools and programs — from short animations to long-term leadership training — that reach individuals and institutions where they are, inspiring and equipping them to build a world in which all people live with dignity, equality, and justice.
Our current global campaign, Ring the Bell, calls on men worldwide to join women in taking 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, gender-biased sex selection, sexual harassment, and more, our work enables a critical mass of change-makers to stand for human rights in their own spheres and beyond.
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Fueled by report findings, global human rights group targets fathers to help end early marriage in India
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‘Gramvani’ – a radio–over–phone platform in rural hinterland of Bihar and Jharkhand aims to set a perfect example of technology leading to social change, more specifically eliminate the social evil of child marriage.Read more
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One year ago, Jyoti Singh Pandey—known in India as Nirbhaya, or “Without Fear”—was brutally raped and murdered in an unimaginable act of violence in a New Delhi neighborhood. Only months before, Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani student and activist, was shot by the Taliban—and, thankfully, survived.More...
It’s been one year since the fatal Delhi gang rape aboard a moving bus—one year since a 23-year-old woman captured the world’s consciousness. While violence against women and girls continues to remain the largest global human rights pandemic, her courage brought the issue out of the shadows into stadium lighting, initially a fight waged from a hospital bed, then days later in death.More...
One year ago, a 23-year-old physiotherapy student was raped and murdered. Her story showed the world that women across India are viewed as dispensable, undeserving of full human rights.
One year later, what has changed?More...
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...