"There is this devaluation of women."
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.
"My shoes wear out from walking to school, and then I can’t go because we can’t afford new shoes," says a girl from Indonesia.
"I want to live freely," says another girl, in Egypt. "I don’t want people to dictate what I do. No one to control us, no one to hit us, no one to tell us what clothes to wear."
In Congo, a girl starts to list her chores: “Tidying the house, fetching water, preparing meals,” she says. “There are so many I can’t even name them all.”
Their voices are part of a chorus of more than 500 girls, ages 10 to 19, from 14 developing countries. They’ve shared their challenges and dreams with the Girl Declaration, a campaign started last year by the Nike Foundation.
The aim: to change the way the world thinks about girls, says Lyric Thompson at the International Center for Research on Women, which worked with Nike on the project.
Writing this week in the journal Science, Melinda Gates says that “no society can achieve its potential with half of its population marginalized and disempowered.”
They are the “engines” of global development, writes the co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. And they should be at the center of development plans and goals.
Photo: "I want to grow up and become a police. But I need to study in a good school for that. I want to become a police to protect the country." - Fiza, 13, India (Courtesy of Nike Foundation)
"When rape becomes a fashion critique, then a sob story about two football players losing their way."
Watch as award-winning poet/actor Carlos Andrés Gómez delivers a powerful message to men everywhere. This video, directed by Fivel Rothberg, (who also directed Shit Men Say to Men Who Say Shit to Women) calls on everyone to do their part, to #BeThatGuy. The kind that doesn’t tolerate violence against women in any form.
Read more from Carlos and Breakthrough founder Mallika Dutt: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mallika-dutt/ending-violence-against-w_2_b_5845862.html
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Hi! I’m Adrienne Kenyon I’m the new Manager of Business Operations and Development here at Breakthrough. I’ve spent my career so far working in operations in both the nonprofit and private sectors, and I love it because I get to do a bit of everything. Outside the office I bounce around just as much, spending my time doing everything from hiking to baking to binge-watching science fiction shows. The Breakthrough community is full of amazing, diverse people, and I’m really excited to be part of it!
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