Press Release: Mayor de Blasio names Breakthrough President & CEO Mallika Dutt to newly created, historic Commission on Gender Equity

Dutt says we are at tipping point, “deep culture change is within our grasp.”

NEW YORK – Today, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the formation of the New York City Commission on gender Equity, established through Executive Order 10 to achieve economic mobility and social inclusion of all New Yorkers, particularly women and girls, and ensure their public safety. The commission will serve as an advisory group and make recommendations to the Mayor, as well as educate the public and provide other support. Commissioners will include global human rights organization Breakthrough President and CEO Mallika Dutt.

“I am honored and humbled to join this historic group of esteemed leaders who can help New York City become a place where all people enjoy their human rights and live with equality, dignity, and justice,” said Breakthrough President and CEO Mallika Dutt. “Locally and globally, we stand at a tipping point where deep culture change is within our grasp, and I believe that New York–as always–can lead the way. Together, we can build a city–and a world–where homes and streets are safe, relationships are healthy, and opportunity is equal for all.”

Dutt founded global human rights organization Breakthrough based in New York City and New Delhi, fifteen years ago. Its mission is to drive the culture change required to make violence and discrimination against girls unacceptable. As president, Dutt has led the organization in achieving a number of successful campaigns and program initiatives, including Dudes Against Violence Against Women –– with a new show to return to New York City’s Gotham Comedy Club on August 19; Be That Guy –– encouraging fraternity members and sports fans to stand up and speak out when they see women disrespected; Deport the Statue –– a multimedia initiative for immigrant women’s rights designed as a satirical campaign to deport the Statue of Liberty; and most recently #NoMayPac –– urging sports fans to do “literally anything else” rather than spend $99 to access the pay-per-view fight between repeat domestic violence offender Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. The #NoMayPac campaign reached nearly 45 million.

As of today, the commission includes:

Honorary Chair

  • First Lady Chirlane McCray


  • Gloria Steinem, Writer, Lecturer, Political Activist, Feminist Organizer
  • Robin Morgan, Feminist, Activist, Writer, Lecturer
  • Melissa Mark-Viverito, Speaker, City Council


  • Silda Palerm, Chair, Violence Intervention Program, Inc.


  • Shahara Ahmad-Llewellyn, President, S. Ahman-Llewellyn Family Foundation
  • Radhika Balakrishnan, Executive Director, Center for Women’s Global Leadership
  • Taina Bien-Aime, Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
  • Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez, Executive Vice President for Multicultural Markets & Engagement, AARP
  • Yrthya Dinzey-Flores, Senior Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Thomson Reuters
  • Abigail Disney, CEO, Daphne Foundation
  • Mallika Dutt, President and CEO, Breakthrough
  • Cecilia Gaston, Executive Director, Violence Intervention Program
  • Anne Hess, Chair, Madre, Inc.
  • Tiloma Jayasinghe, Executive Director, Sakhi
  • Katherine S. Kahan, women and children’s rights activist
  • Nancy Kolben, Executive Director, Center for Children’s Initiatives
  • Celeste Smith, Vice President, J.P. Morgan Private Bank

For more information on today’s announcement from Mayor de Blasio on New York City’s Commission on Gender Equity, click here.


Breakthrough ( is a global human rights organization working to make violence and discrimination against women and girls unacceptable. Our cutting-edge multimedia campaigns, community mobilization, agenda-setting, and leadership training equip men and women worldwide to challenge the status quo and take bold action for the dignity, equality, and justice of all.