a world where all people enjoy their human rights and live with dignity, equality, and justice.
We can build this world
by making violence and discrimination 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.
Through a potent mix of deeply transformative on-the-ground engagement, innovative social and multimedia campaigns, game-changing partnerships, and agenda setting, we make the issue of gender-based violence real, relevant, urgent, and actionable to all.
Human rights start with you.
Human rights belong to everyone. The tools now exist to help everyone lay their claim. But these tools are useless without the power of individuals and communities committed to upholding these rights to create a better future. And that commitment starts with you.
Our work in the U.S.
WHAT. OUR PURPOSE is to change the cultural norms that result in gender-based violence in the realm of college life.
WHY. OUR ULTIMATE GOAL is to eliminate gender-based violence as a fact of college life. WHEN WE DO THIS, we also prevent the reproduction of some of the most damaging gender norms that sustain gender-based violence in society at large.
HOW. OUR UNIQUE APPROACH is to equip new leaders LIKE YOU to prevent gender-based violence in the realm of college life. We support YOU to take strategic action to dismantle harmful gender norms, catalyze others to the same—and establish new norms that enable everyone to reach their full potential, as students and beyond.
Who is the Breakthrough Generation?
You are the Breakthrough Generation.
You understand that while the global epidemic of violence against women might seem impossibly huge, or distant, it affects us all. You understand that everyday norms—casual sexism, discriminatory laws and customs, rigid definitions of what it “means” to be a man or a woman—enable violence and discrimination. They hold us all back.
You know that your actions can transform those everyday norms.
You know that stopping violence against women is not about heroics, or merely physical intervention. You know that it’s about transforming our culture from one that values power and dominance to one that values equality and respect.
You believe that when we make violence against women unacceptable, we build a world in which all of us are able to enjoy our human rights and be our best, truest selves.
You know that too many people are silent in the face of violence and discrimination. You know that you can—and must—speak up. You know that change is possible—and urgently needed— today.
You believe that human rights start with you.
What will your breakthrough be?