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Global Action

Breakthrough works on a global scale to end violence against women and girls. We carry out our mission through our global programming by:

  •    running multimedia campaigns with partners from around the world

  • facilitating leadership trainings for organizations and individuals who seek to catalyze culture change in their countries and communities

  • setting agendas among world leaders, multilateral entities, public/private sectors, and social justice partners, inviting them to join us in transforming a culture of violence so that all of us can enjoy our fundamental human rights.

What an honor!

Breakthrough is one of the six recipients of the 2016 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship!

The Skoll Award is not a lifetime achievement award. By investing in organizations when their innovations are ripe for accelerated and scaled adoption, the Awards help unleash the full global potential and reach of social entrepreneurs.


The Skoll Awards distinguish transformative leaders whose organizations are disrupting the status quo, driving large-scale “equilibrium” change, and are poised to create even greater impact on the world. We couldn’t be prouder of this tremendous recognition of our innovative approach, cutting-edge methodology, and effective programs that can scale from local to global.

The Skoll Award includes a $1.25 million core support investment, meant to help Breakthrough scale our work and increase our impact. Breakthrough has big plans for leveraging the award:to catalyze 1 million social change actors who take action to make violence against women and girls unacceptable. We know that our team can pull this off–and the support from Skoll and its network of social entrepreneurs will help make it possible.

Socially-accepted gender norms, cultural practices, and widely-held belief systems are core drivers of individual and institutional violence perpetrated against women and girls around the world.

Breakthrough recognizes the power of storytelling to challenge and transform cultural norms and practices—in particular gender norms—as a pathway to prevent this violence and create a world in which all of us can thrive. Stories put a face on statistics, expose and interrupt the status quo, position personal challenges as societal, and spark empathy—the strongest antidote to discrimination and violence.

THE G WORD, Breakthrough’s ground-breaking global transmedia storytelling project, is designed to invite women and men from diverse regions to demonstrate and challenge, through their stories, the gender norms that impact our lives and begin to envision the new world we want to live in.

Please share your story–or if you’re an organization that would like to partner with us on a story campaign, email mihika@breakthrough.tv.

Watch the trailer!

Join Breakthrough in Brazil for the AWID Forum

September 8-11, 2016

At the forthcoming AWID Forum, Breakthrough is hosting a Panel Discussion entitled, “Strategies for Building a Movement of Men to End Violence against Women” (VAW).  

More men and men’s organizations are recognizing they have a role to play to end VAW and are becoming allies, partners, and leaders in the movement. Yet inspiring men to be part of the solution and joining the movement is not as easy as “add men and stir.” Breakthrough’s panel will explore strategies, best practices, and lessons used by organizations, activists, and academics to inspire and rally men as new allies and partners. In particular, they will discuss how they make VAW real and relevant to men, enabling men to see their own stake in ending it, and meeting them where they are–whether in villages in India, at tailgating parties at NFL games in Wisconsin USA, on Tumblr, Facebook, or Graamvani.

Breakthrough Catalyst Trainings

Breakthrough’s trainings put the power to make a difference in the hands of individuals and organizations across the world. We have conducted trainings for partners in the U.S., India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Pakistan, and Nepal on Breakthrough’s innovative culture change methodology. Participants have tackled issues including domestic violence, sexual harassment, sexual and reproductive rights; campus sexual assault; and how violence manifests itself through cultural norms and discriminatory laws and customs. Their campaigns have used mobile, radio, music videos, and other tools at the intersection of arts, technology, and culture.

If you are interested in setting up a training for your group or organization:

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Where we are

Working out of centers in India and the United States, Breakthrough creates lasting impact transnationally and internationally.