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[16 DOA] Home is Where the Hurt is – Part 1

“It can never happen to me. I love him too much. He’s educated. I am educated. He doesn’t want to become his father. I will NEVER become his mother. He chose me, right? I chose him, didn’t I? Can’t happen, can it? Wouldn’t happen again, would it? Didn’t happen, did it?” I wrote these words on 20th March, 2005. And today is 25th November 2013, my 15th wedding anniversary. It is also the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women What better day to shrug off years of denial and acknowledge that I have been a v ...

#MakeAnImpact – Vote for Breakthrough in the Google Impact Challenge

Click Here To Vote For Breakthrough in the Google Impact Challenge BIG NEWS – Breakthrough has been selected as one of ten finalists for this year’s Google Impact Challenge in India and we need your help and support to win! Last year, we were witness to the rape and murder of a woman on a bus – the incident has become an example of the extreme danger women face in India and around the world. We’ve proposed a project that takes advantage of the high level of public awareness and outrage about (sexual) violence against w ...

Working to end Gender Biased Sex Selection in Haryana (Youth Trainings)

Working to end Gender Biased Sex Selection in Haryana (Youth Trainings), a set on Flickr. A local professional theatre group, consisting of mostly of students from Kurukshetra was identified by our state team. The group calls itself ‘Faith in theatre’, is led by a professional director. They were commissioned to create a script on the issue of Gender Biased Sex Selection (GBSS) and perform 35 shows in four work areas (districts) in Haryana viz. Sonipat, Panipat, Rohtak and Jhajjar. They captured the nuances of the issue and also inc ...

नंबर वन हरियाणा

By Mukesh Digani हरियाणा में गिरता लिंगानुपात आज वहाँ के सामाजिक –सांस्कृतिक परिवेश को तहस –नहस कर रहा है. इसके  दुष्परिणाम महिलाओं के साथ बढते अत्याचार के रूप में आज हमारे सामने आ रहे हैं. देश के सामने आज हरियाणा की तस्व ...

If only we could RING THE BELL on time

While browsing through Bell Bajao, I came across a blog post titled— The Dark Holi Night, written by a Bangalore-based journalist. Excerpts: It was the night of Holi in 2009. I was on night duty and was visiting hospitals and police stations to collect news as a reporter with a newspaper. It was 3 am. So the photojournalist and I decided to check on Bowring Hospital in Shivajinagar. There was no crowd or relatives gathered that night, not even a jeep with policemen. Looking at the deserted look, we thought no criminal or accident cases were ...

Slogans and gender bias

By Roki Kumar In Haryana, people resort to all kinds of measures to avoid having a daughter. I am a trainer working in Jhajjar, Haryana, with the human rights group Breakthrough, that works in challenging this problem and to stop gender-biased sex selection. There are many communication strategies that are being used to stop gender-biased sex selection like audio, video, posters, slogans and street plays. However, government departments viz. health, education, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) and NGOs use different communication str ...

Who Will You Make Peace With Today?

Today is the International Day of Peace and we’re celebrating it with Peace One Day. Who? “Founded in 1999 by filmmaker Jeremy Gilley, the non-profit organisation Peace One Day drove the initiative that led to the unanimous adoption by the United Nations member states of an annual day of global ceasefire and non-violence on 21 September – Peace Day.” Celebrate Peace Day with 24 hours of live shows from throughout the world, featuring artists like Paul Van Dyk, Natasha Bedingfield, The Feeling and Kane. Catch the live feed he ...

Dilemma: Why is my daughter so unwanted?

Resmi was very happy when she came home from the hospital with Sanjay–her first child after two long years of marriage to Vickram. Their house was decorated with lights and all her relatives and in-laws were smiling. Every second person wanted to take Sanjay in their arms — much to his disappointment! Sweets, food, cold drinks, lassi and laughter were freely flowing. Resmi felt rejuvenated. She forgot her labor pains and felt like a proud mother. After the long day Vickram embraced her — his warmth making her feel safe and giv ...

Breakthrough Haryana Community Mela

On Monday, August 5th, a group of Google volunteers with Breakthrough joined the “Faith in Theatre” actors for a street play in Ganaur, a local Haryana village in the Sonipat district, to engage the community around the topic of gender discrimination. Below is an account of their experience, written by Costanza Giagnoni, Emanuela Neagu, and Grace Dolan. —- When we arrived in the village, the theatre group started off by making an announcement in the village center (video) followed by a mobilization effort, whereby we skipped through t ...

17th August 2013 – Pamphlets, Painting and Rallies in Lucknow

Breakthrough’s trainers and rights advocates set out on the 17th of August 2013 to the Lala Mahadev Prasad Balika Mahavidyalaya in Gosaiganj (Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh) to raise the confidence of the students, encouraging them to speak for their rights in the community and promoting positive masculinity. Breakthrough trainer Sunil tells us more about the event: First of all I created different teams for different activities. I separated the group into teams based on activity, so we had, the Distribution Team, Wall Painting Team, Signature Ca ...
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