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The #BoardTheBus site is live!! Check it out, and share it with your friends!
What is Board the Bus?
Board the Bus is a campaign by Breakthrough aimed at creating a public conversation around the safety of women in public spaces. By taking the bus instead of a metro, auto or car, women are taking back a space that is rightfully theirs but that is often associated with feelings of insecurity, lack of safety or even fear.

Why should I get involved?
Women in India face glaring restrictions in terms of their mobility. Some may be forbidden from leaving their house without being accompanied by a male relative, others face a curfew on their movements.
Even women with relatively more mobility, such as students or professionals, may find themselves policing their own movements - avoiding certain areas, favoring certain modes of transport, traveling within specific time frames, and even choosing to wear clothes that they feel are ‘safe’.
Women need to have the confidence to accept that they have every right to be present in public spaces. By boarding the bus you’re taking back a space that was always yours.

How can I get involved?
Ditch the auto, drop the bike, leave the car. From the 1st to the 8th of March, 2014, board the bus and join hundreds of women in Delhi on the journey to a safer city.
If you frequently commute by bus, then take a friend along with you. Take a picture of yourself of the bus and share it with us. Tell more women about the campaign and get more women on board.

#BoardTheBus

The #BoardTheBus site is live!! Check it out, and share it with your friends!

What is Board the Bus?

Board the Bus is a campaign by Breakthrough aimed at creating a public conversation around the safety of women in public spaces. By taking the bus instead of a metro, auto or car, women are taking back a space that is rightfully theirs but that is often associated with feelings of insecurity, lack of safety or even fear.

Why should I get involved?

Women in India face glaring restrictions in terms of their mobility. Some may be forbidden from leaving their house without being accompanied by a male relative, others face a curfew on their movements.

Even women with relatively more mobility, such as students or professionals, may find themselves policing their own movements - avoiding certain areas, favoring certain modes of transport, traveling within specific time frames, and even choosing to wear clothes that they feel are ‘safe’.

Women need to have the confidence to accept that they have every right to be present in public spaces. By boarding the bus you’re taking back a space that was always yours.

How can I get involved?

Ditch the auto, drop the bike, leave the car. From the 1st to the 8th of March, 2014, board the bus and join hundreds of women in Delhi on the journey to a safer city.

If you frequently commute by bus, then take a friend along with you. Take a picture of yourself of the bus and share it with us. Tell more women about the campaign and get more women on board.

#BoardTheBus

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According to this UN Women supported survey in New Delhi, India: 95% of women feel unsafe in public spaces. This statistic is clearly unacceptable.

Breakthrough is launching a new campaign aimed at initiating conversations around the safety of women in public spaces. #Boardthebus encourages women to stand together and reclaim a space that is often associated with fear, in order to end violence against women.

Stay tuned for more on this campaign!

-Mihika

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As seen in The Guardian, Al Jazeera America and The Good Men Project:

"Be That Guy” (#BeThatGuy) is a new initiative by global human rights organization Breakthrough. That Guy knows that even street harassment or nasty comments create and sustain a culture of inequality that enables everything from rudeness to violence. That Guy — even by saying, “Dude, knock it off” — is breaking the rules of that culture and helping create a new one in which all people are treated respectfully and able to be their best selves.

#BeThatGuy debuted in an animated PSA that ran 72 times at the NASCAR Miami Speedway Championship in November 2013, reaching enormous new — and receptive — audiences and generating coverage in The Guardian, The Good Men Project, and more. #BeThatGuy represents Breakthrough’s commitment — as in its global Ring the Bell campaign — to inspiring men and women around the world to take action to make violence against women unacceptable.

Check it out, and follow us on Tumblr and Twitter for more updates!

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Phoebe gave roses to everyone in the office, making our day extra sweet (and fragrant!). Happy Valentine’s Day!
—Anita

Phoebe gave roses to everyone in the office, making our day extra sweet (and fragrant!). Happy Valentine’s Day!

—Anita

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With the staggering statistic that 20-25% of college women report surviving rape or attempted rape, (according to this report,) the news that a bar in Spokane, Washington- home to a large student population- has chosen to name a drink “Date Grape Koolaid” is the latest appalling example of how rape culture is continually perpetuated.

The Daiquiri Factory’s Facebook page is filled with disparaging comments by the administrators targeting those who express their disappointment at the bar’s decision to make light of something as serious as date rape. (Warning: these comments are incredibly insensitive and offensive.)

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The internet is rife with articles showing the shocking and distasteful manner in which the company is defending its name choice. Buzzfeed and Feministing have covered the story on their respective websites, check out their coverage to see just how far the Daiquiri Factory is taking this outrageous attempt at humor. The most terrible part? The company continues to defend the name “Date Grape Koolaid,” and even mock anyone who attempts to explain what seems to be a glaringly obvious point: rape is never funny. Sign the petition started on Left Action to try and convince that dropping the name is the right thing to do.

-Mihika

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Visualising Information for Advocacy by Tactical Technology Collective

We recently got a hold of Visualising Information for Advocacy, a handbook developed by Stephanie Hankey, Tom Longley, Marek Tuszynski and Maya Indira Ganesh at Tactical Technology Collective to introduce campaigners and activists to the basic principles of information design. 

Each chapter neatly guides you through a particular stage in the process of presenting and representing information in engaging ways that can help mobilize people for action. 

For more information about the book and to get your own copy visit www.visualisingadvocacy.org

Oh and did I mention it came in a cool package with a poster outlining what advocacy tools were used for some of the top advocacy campaigns… and neat stack of stickers!

- Nadia

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It’s so great to be back at Breakthrough after an incredible semester abroad in Buenos Aires! It was definitely an exciting time to be in the Argentine capital— I was there for the madness as the nation celebrated only its 30th year of uninterrupted democracy, and it was really wonderful to get the chance to live amongst such passionate and engaged people. With some unforgettable adventures behind me I’m ready to get back to work and focus on the exciting stuff Breakthrough is planning!

-Mihika

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Anita and I hit Times Square’s Super Bowl Boulevard today, right in the NYC office’s backyard, to get into the season. Check out our Super Bowl ad! -Dana

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Breaking news! Vani Periodi, Program Manager here at Breakthrough, was awarded The Sadoditha Award for Research and Social Work. The prestigious award honors achievements in the fields of social work, research, and social activism.
Congratulations, Vani! We’re honored to have you as a member of the Breakthrough family!
—Anita

Breaking news! Vani Periodi, Program Manager here at Breakthrough, was awarded The Sadoditha Award for Research and Social Work. The prestigious award honors achievements in the fields of social work, research, and social activism.

Congratulations, Vani! We’re honored to have you as a member of the Breakthrough family!

—Anita

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Strategic planning to make violence against womn unacceptable: 1,000 sticky notes at a time. Friday fun at Breakthrough! -Dana

Strategic planning to make violence against womn unacceptable: 1,000 sticky notes at a time. Friday fun at Breakthrough! -Dana

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