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Published on Apr 29, 2016
“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin?" Mallika Dutt began her Skoll Award acceptance speech. "In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighborhood she lives in; the school or college she attends; the factory, farm, or office where she works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world." Hear the rest of her acceptance speech above.
Sonali Khan, co-winner, said, "Eight years ago we started a campaign, 'Ring the bell,' asking for men and boys to join and become a part of the solution to end domestic violence. Today this is global call. Being recognized as a social entrepreneur gives a whole new meaning to the work we have been doing. It brings in the urgency to address violence against women and girls and also highlights that it is everyone’s concern." Hear the rest, above.
Violence against women and girls is a largely unrecognized human rights abuse, affecting a third of the world’s female population. Policies and education are not enough to accomplish change in the face of deeply held cultural norms.
Breakthrough shifts the focus to preventing violence and discrimination by changing society’s norms. Mallika and Sonali mobilize communities using popular media, leadership training, and advocacy. They catalyze millennials, especially boys and young men, to recognize the violence and lead the change.
Breakthrough has reached 15 million people in rural communities and 350 million through its media campaigns. Breakthrough’s work has contributed to raising the average age of marriage by nearly a year in Bihar and Jharkhand, India.
The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the premier international platform for advancing entrepreneurial approaches and solutions to the world's most pressing problems. Our mission is to accelerate the impact of the world's leading social entrepreneurs by uniting them with essential partners in a collaborative pursuit of learning, leverage and large-scale social change.
Each year, nearly 1,000 of the world’s most influential social entrepreneurs, key thought leaders and strategic partners gather at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School to exchange ideas, solutions and information.