Breakthrough

Breakthrough Breakthrough innovates media, technology, and community engagement techniques to build a world with human rights for all.
Breakthrough is a unique global human rights organization that believes that human rights begin in our own hearts, homes, and actions. We work to make human rights real and relevant to everyone, no matter where or how they live. We create innovative, relevant multimedia and pop culture that bring human rights issues and values into the mainstream. We inspire people to take bold action for social change — among their own peers and in their own spheres. We envision a world where all individuals and communities live with dignity, equality and justice.
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Human rights are universal and fundamental. More than a matter of oppression in far-off lands, they are intrinsic to the way we treat each other in our communities, in our families, and in our homes. For this reason, we use pop culture, multimedia, community engagement and leadership training to reach people where they are and ignite change in the world around them. Working out of centers in India and the United States, Breakthrough addresses critical global issues including violence against women, sexuality and HIV/AIDS, and immigrant rights and racial justice.

Mission: Using innovative media & technology to change the world: producing video games, music videos, animations, and films for human rights.

Global Fund for Women
05/15/2018
Global Fund for Women

Global Fund for Women

The face of conservation work in Zimbabwe is changing with an all-women anti-poaching unit that aims to work with local communities rather than against them.

#InternationalWomensDay
03/08/2018
Broadly

#InternationalWomensDay

The strike is so massive, much of Spain’s transport infrastructure has ground to a halt.

"The latest sign that the country is moving away from what has been called its 'gender apartheid.'
02/20/2018
Global Citizen Impact

"The latest sign that the country is moving away from what has been called its 'gender apartheid.'

Finally.

“I am not going to have children, so I thought, why not use this space for a good purpose?” Gohil said, adding that ...
01/11/2018
HuffPost Queer Voices

“I am not going to have children, so I thought, why not use this space for a good purpose?” Gohil said, adding that he will offer rooms, a medical facility and training in English and vocational skills to help people find jobs.

Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil says he'll offer rooms, a medical facility and job assistance.

“I feel there is a historical moment happening,” Dr. Kanem said, “where voices are much louder this year, than, sa...
12/19/2017
A Woman’s Voice for Women at the U.N. Agency for Reproductive Rights

“I feel there is a historical moment happening,” Dr. Kanem said, “where voices are much louder this year, than, say, in the past three, four, five years, on women’s reproductive health, reproductive rights — there are a confluence of things.”

Dr. Natalia Kanem, head of the United Nations Population Fund, is facing many challenges, including a big funding cut by the Trump administration.

Ridiculous! India has banned condom commercials during primetime hours, claiming the ads promote "unhealthy practices."
12/15/2017
India bans condom adverts during primetime TV

Ridiculous! India has banned condom commercials during primetime hours, claiming the ads promote "unhealthy practices."

Move is aimed at protecting children but campaigner warns it could undo decades of progress on sexual health

Women's NGOs are doing crucial work in community development projects, but rarely get the credit. Read about two specifi...
12/13/2017
Women’s NGOs Are Changing the World – and Not Getting Credit for It

Women's NGOs are doing crucial work in community development projects, but rarely get the credit. Read about two specific examples: women’s NGOs in the state of Gujarat, India, which mobilized local communities to participate in urban development projects, and a women’s NGO in Tanzania which established community kitchens across East Africa to produce probiotic yogurt. Both of these women-run organizations were dismissed once the projects were deemed successful.

In contemporary global development circles, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are now performing many more roles and activities than they did a few decades ago.

What do you think about this proposal?
12/11/2017
Women in the World

What do you think about this proposal?

In hopes that cracking down on street harassment might help reduce overall incidences of sexual violence.

11/17/2017
More than 50,000 Yemeni children are now expected to die by the end of 2017

This is so devastating.

More than 50,000 children in Yemen are expected to die by the end of the year as a result of disease and starvation caused by the stalemated war in the country, Save the Children has warned. Seven million people are on the brink of famine in the country, which is in the grips of the largest cholera…

We are already seeing the devastating effects of climate change, imagine the massive refugee crisis 10 years from now.
11/03/2017
Climate change 'will create world's biggest refugee crisis'

We are already seeing the devastating effects of climate change, imagine the massive refugee crisis 10 years from now.

Experts warn refugees could number tens of millions in the next decade, and call for a new legal framework to protect the most vulnerable

Dalit women from rural Bihar band together to battle barbs, abusive husbands and caste prejudices.
11/01/2017
Drums and dreams beyond pickle and papad

Dalit women from rural Bihar band together to battle barbs, abusive husbands and caste prejudices.

Battling barbs from villagers, abusive husbands, and centuries-old caste prejudices, ten Dalit women in Dhibra village of Bihar have formed a band – and now have many marching and swaying to their beat #RuralIndiaOnline

"Another particularly troubling facet concerning the voyeuristic painting of Jamaica as the ultimate anti-queer society ...
10/30/2017
You Can’t Understand Anti-Queer Violence In Jamaica Until You Understand Colonialism

"Another particularly troubling facet concerning the voyeuristic painting of Jamaica as the ultimate anti-queer society is that it also reduces the severity of homophobic and transphobic vehemence in the United States, falsely placing predominately white Western countries as models of queer progressive politics. 2016 was the most violent year on record for transgender people in America, with 23 deaths recorded by activists, most of them being Black trans women. Black trans women face police harassment, high levels of incarceration, and high impoverishment. Queer homeless youth, mostly of color, are far more likely to face rampant homelessness."

Western news outlets run into an immense problem when discussing queerphobia outside of the United States. This becomes particularly…

all thoughts with Mogadishu today.
10/15/2017
Somalia Truck Bombings Kill Over 200, Officials Say

all thoughts with Mogadishu today.

At least 300 others were wounded, officials said, and the president declared three days of national mourning after one of the deadliest attacks to hit Mogadishu.

"Victoria’s empire was born in blood, and the ensuing shock waves transformed Indian borders, society and politics for...
10/14/2017
Perspective | Why does Hollywood keep churning out racist fantasies like ‘Victoria & Abdul’?

"Victoria’s empire was born in blood, and the ensuing shock waves transformed Indian borders, society and politics forever. Just a few years before Victoria’s jubilee celebrations in Britain which heralded the arrival of Abdul from Agra, a brutal famine across India led to more than million deaths. Protests against the mismanagement and neglect by British administrators inspired a new generation of anti-colonialists who would eventually form Gandhi’s Indian Congress party.

“Victoria & Abdul,” is keenly aware of that history and yet intentionally chooses to keep its audience entertained on the lush grounds of Victoria’s palaces, parlors and gardens. We see the empire as she did: a confection, a distant dream, a realm of personal prizes. For a film about the legacy of a global empire, that is intentionally and unforgivably narrow. Abdul’s world is shown through hazy and cliched scenes of exotic marketplaces and in the distant tourist views of a glimmering Taj Mahal."

The movie makes colonialism look sweet, sentimental and charming.

Despite the obstacles, there are a number of LGBT Arabs who have come out publicly in a courageous effort to change the ...
10/13/2017
15 LGBT Arabs who are getting media attention

Despite the obstacles, there are a number of LGBT Arabs who have come out publicly in a courageous effort to change the narrative.

These individuals have come out publicly in a courageous effort to change the narrative.

India's Supreme Court finally rules sex with child wives as rape. #DayOfTheGirl
10/11/2017
India rules sex with child bride is rape

India's Supreme Court finally rules sex with child wives as rape. #DayOfTheGirl

The Supreme Court strikes down a clause which allowed men to have sex with their underage wives.

“Legitimate identity is a fundamental human right but non-gendered people are often treated as though we have no right...
10/09/2017
Gender-neutral activist takes UK passports case to high court

“Legitimate identity is a fundamental human right but non-gendered people are often treated as though we have no rights,” Elan-Cane said. “The UK’s passport application process requires applicants to declare whether they are male or female. It is inappropriate and wrong that someone who defines as neither should be forced to make that declaration.’’

Lawyers for Christie Elan-Cane apply for judicial review in attempt to force Home Office to provide ‘X’ passports

Trump's administration is facing strong backlash from civil rights groups after voting against a U.N. resolution that co...
10/04/2017
The U.S. Voted Against a U.N. Resolution Condemning Death Penalty for LGBTQ People

Trump's administration is facing strong backlash from civil rights groups after voting against a U.N. resolution that condemns using death penalty to punish “consensual same-sex relations.”

The U.N. floated a resolution banning the use of the death penalty to punish homosexuality. The Trump administration voted "no."

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