Mallika Dutt http://www.mallikadutt.com Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:07:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Ending Violence Against Women with the Clinton Global Initiative http://www.mallikadutt.com/2014/03/ending-violence-against-women-with-the-clinton-global-initiative/ http://www.mallikadutt.com/2014/03/ending-violence-against-women-with-the-clinton-global-initiative/#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:58:40 +0000 Lynn http://www.mallikadutt.com/?p=1893 I’m honored to be included in this video, Reimagining Impact in 2014: The Clinton Global Initiative, released in anticipation of CGI’s 10th Annual Meeting this September. As the meeting approaches, CGI members are encouraged to reflect on the impact of their Commitments to Action and share their lessons with other ...

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I’m honored to be included in this video, Reimagining Impact in 2014: The Clinton Global Initiative, released in anticipation of CGI’s 10th Annual Meeting this September. As the meeting approaches, CGI members are encouraged to reflect on the impact of their Commitments to Action and share their lessons with other members.

In 2010, Breakthrough made a commitment to formally take global our already-internationally-viral Bell Bajao (“Ring the Bell”) campaign, which calls on men and boys to take action to challenge domestic violence. I’m proud to say we have made good on our promise, first through Ring the Bell, which has reached more than 40 million people in 140 countries and inspired countless pledges to take concrete action to challenge violence against women in all its forms. And together, today, we are building the Breakthrough Generation — the generation that will make violence against women unacceptable. Thanks to CGI for the global platform — and to you, for helping build a world in which all people live with dignity, equality, and justice.

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One year later http://www.mallikadutt.com/2013/12/one-year-later/ http://www.mallikadutt.com/2013/12/one-year-later/#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2013 16:34:13 +0000 Alex http://www.mallikadutt.com/?p=1878 One year ago, Jyoti Singh Pandey (“Nirbhaya”), a young urban woman studying to be a physiotherapist. was brutally raped and murdered on a bus in New Delhi. The incident brought unprecedented attention to the multifarious ways in which women in India– and indeed, around the world– are perceived as inferior. ...

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One year ago, Jyoti Singh Pandey (“Nirbhaya”), a young urban woman studying to be a physiotherapist. was brutally raped and murdered on a bus in New Delhi. The incident brought unprecedented attention to the multifarious ways in which women in India– and indeed, around the world– are perceived as inferior. It also sparked an unprecedented wave of activism; men and women alike took to the streets, horrified by the crime and the culture that allowed it to happen. One year later, can we honestly say that things have changed for the better? I try to answer this complicated question in a recent piece I did for Reuters. 

Whatever your level of optimism, we cannot let this young woman’s death be in vain. I truly believe Jyoti will be the light that will lead us to a brighter, less-violent, and more equitable future.

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Honored on Safe magazine’s list of “The 50 global heroes ending violence against women” http://www.mallikadutt.com/2013/12/honored-on-safe-magazines-list-of-the-50-global-heroes-ending-violence-against-women/ http://www.mallikadutt.com/2013/12/honored-on-safe-magazines-list-of-the-50-global-heroes-ending-violence-against-women/#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 21:01:06 +0000 Alex http://www.mallikadutt.com/?p=1857 No, you’re not reading the same post over again.

The new global digital magazine Safe has recently honored me as one of 50 global heroes ending violence against children. Safe is supported by Together for Girls, an organization dedicated to stopping violence against children by using an evidence-based approach to ...

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No, you’re not reading the same post over again.

The new global digital magazine Safe has recently honored me as one of 50 global heroes ending violence against children. Safe is supported by Together for Girls, an organization dedicated to stopping violence against children by using an evidence-based approach to highlight the magnitude and consequences of this global pandemic. I couldn’t be more honored– Safe seems like a fresh new publication, with a great aesthetic and robust content from a diverse number of voices. Check out their first issue here.

To the editors and staff at Safe: Best wishes moving forward, and thank you again for the honor of including me on this list. Most of all, thank you for your work in bringing this critical issue to the fore.

 

 

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Featured on 50 Fearless Minds Changing the World http://www.mallikadutt.com/2013/11/featured-on-50-fearless-minds-changing-the-world/ http://www.mallikadutt.com/2013/11/featured-on-50-fearless-minds-changing-the-world/#comments Thu, 07 Nov 2013 20:29:14 +0000 Alex http://www.mallikadutt.com/?p=1851 Last week, I was featured– along with some amazing innovators in fields as diverse as the culinary arts, marine biology, law enforcement, and sport– on a list of passionate professionals doing groundbreaking work all over the world. I feel so privileged to be included among such remarkable people. Some ...

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Last week, I was featured– along with some amazing innovators in fields as diverse as the culinary arts, marine biology, law enforcement, and sport– on a list of passionate professionals doing groundbreaking work all over the world. I feel so privileged to be included among such remarkable people. Some highlights:

#5, Kathy Bryant, troubled by the startling scarcity of women of color in the fields of mathematics and tech, founded Black Girls Code, in order to teach girls computer programming and over STEM skills at an impressionable and  formative age.

#23, Cathy Lanier went from being a struggling 15 year old single mom to the first chief of the DC Police Department.

#47, Sebastian Thrun, at Artificial Intelligence professor at Stanford, founded Udacity, a platform that “aims to democratize higher education”.

With diverse, innovative minds like these coming to the fore, I am confident we can develop solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges.

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A piece on early marriage for the Daily Beast http://www.mallikadutt.com/2013/10/an-piece-on-early-marriage-for-the-daily-beast/ http://www.mallikadutt.com/2013/10/an-piece-on-early-marriage-for-the-daily-beast/#comments Fri, 25 Oct 2013 17:16:40 +0000 Alex http://www.mallikadutt.com/?p=1800 Earlier this week, Sonali Khan and I collaborated on a Daily Beast piece responding to the government of India’s disappointing decision to not co-sponsor a United Nations-led resolution calling for the elimination of early marriage. While Breakthrough’s work on the issue of early marriage is nothing new, loud political ...

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Earlier this week, Sonali Khan and I collaborated on a Daily Beast piece responding to the government of India’s disappointing decision to not co-sponsor a United Nations-led resolution calling for the elimination of early marriage. While Breakthrough’s work on the issue of early marriage is nothing new, loud political announcements like this reenforce how critical it is to change these cultural institutions that are harmful and discriminatory to women and girls. Cultural beliefs and practices undergird state actors, and with sweeping culture change, I truly believe we can mitigate this practices– and eventually make a culture that espouses girls as “less than” a thing of the past.

 

 

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India’s refusal to co-sponsor UN resolution against early marriage http://www.mallikadutt.com/2013/10/indias-refusal-to-co-sponsor-un-resolution-against-early-marriage/ http://www.mallikadutt.com/2013/10/indias-refusal-to-co-sponsor-un-resolution-against-early-marriage/#comments Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:36:23 +0000 Alex http://www.mallikadutt.com/?p=1796 Like others working in the field of women’s human rights– in India, the United States, and around the world– I am extremely disappointed that the Indian government has refused to co-sponsor the recent first-of-its-kind UN resolution condemning early marriage. In the past year, India has indeed made very public commitments ...

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Like others working in the field of women’s human rights– in India, the United States, and around the world– I am extremely disappointed that the Indian government has refused to co-sponsor the recent first-of-its-kind UN resolution condemning early marriage. In the past year, India has indeed made very public commitments to addressing sexual assault and upholding women’s rights in many of their forms. This makes their refusal of co-sponsorship on this resolution all the more perplexing and disturbing.

As I have said many times before on this site, early marriage severely undermines the safety, security, futures, and human rights of girls and young women. Breakthrough’s recent research, generated following a two-year formative study, shows that early marriage in India is a complicated issue deeply rooted in fears surrounding girls’ sexuality and still largely motivated by fathers.India’s lack of engagement on the UN resolution sends the wrong message. India should be calling for efforts that broaden and innovate approaches to ending early marriage. Government leaders have missed an important opportunity to drive culture change by engaging men and young men, fathers and fathers-to-be on this issue.

I urge the Indian government to reconsider. A commitment to condemnation of early marriage would be a momentous gesture towards the advancement of the human rights for women and girls– in India, and globally.

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Happy International Day of the Girl http://www.mallikadutt.com/2013/10/happy-international-day-of-the-girl/ http://www.mallikadutt.com/2013/10/happy-international-day-of-the-girl/#comments Fri, 11 Oct 2013 21:17:27 +0000 Alex http://www.mallikadutt.com/?p=1791 Today, October 11, we celebrate for the second year the International Year of the Girl. In 2011, UN General Assembly designated the day to,  ”recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world”; something we should be doing every day, but a great gesture nonetheless.

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Today, October 11, we celebrate for the second year the International Year of the Girl. In 2011, UN General Assembly designated the day to,  ”recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world”; something we should be doing every day, but a great gesture nonetheless.

This year’s theme– “Innovating for Girls’ Education”– exemplifies so much of the innovative thinking and opportunities offered by technology, media, arts, and pop culture. But it also exposes the work still to be done:  Access to education, poverty reduction, extension of reproductive rights and economic agency, and of course, eradication of the epidemic levels of gender-based violence. And while favorable laws and legislation are needed to get us there, the underlying social norms– of girls as “less than” boys– needs to change before any sustainable systemic change can occur.

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An inspired panel on men’s involvement in ending gender-based violence at the Clinton Global Initiative http://www.mallikadutt.com/2013/09/a-great-panel-on-men-and-masculinities-at-the-clinton-global-initiative-on-wednesday/ http://www.mallikadutt.com/2013/09/a-great-panel-on-men-and-masculinities-at-the-clinton-global-initiative-on-wednesday/#comments Fri, 27 Sep 2013 14:49:05 +0000 Alex http://www.mallikadutt.com/?p=1747

Earlier this week, I was fortunate enough to moderate a panel entitled “Part of the Solution: The Role of Men in Ending Violence Against Women” at CGI. I was joined by the wonderful Don McPherson, Gary Barker, and Carlos Andres Gomez– all of whom I cannot thank enough their participation ...

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Earlier this week, I was fortunate enough to moderate a panel entitled “Part of the Solution: The Role of Men in Ending Violence Against Women” at CGI. I was joined by the wonderful Don McPherson, Gary Barker, and Carlos Andres Gomez– all of whom I cannot thank enough their participation and incite. I am also so grateful for all of the wonderful supporters who came out to listen, live-tweet, comment, or become otherwise engaged in this great conversation.

Together, we had a moving discussion on the increased frequently of attention men are giving to the pandemic of gender-based violence all around the world. All three men shared their own journeys, and more broadly, the need for men to be more actively engaged in ending violence against women. We came to some solid conclusions on how redefining and reestablishing healthy masculinities has the potential to make violence against women and girls unacceptable.

But there is so much more to talk about and implement. I look forward to working with these great men in the future, as well as advancing the approach of involving men as part of the solution to what I believe is the world’s biggest problem.

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Testified at the “India’s Missing Girls” hearing before the Subcommittee of Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations http://www.mallikadutt.com/2013/09/1743/ http://www.mallikadutt.com/2013/09/1743/#comments Mon, 16 Sep 2013 21:29:01 +0000 Alex http://www.mallikadutt.com/?p=1743 As some of you may know, last week I testified before Congress on the issue of gender-biased sex selection in India. While I was there primarily to provide my knowledge on this critical human rights issue, I knew very well that the conversation would spill (as the hearing was partly ...

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As some of you may know, last week I testified before Congress on the issue of gender-biased sex selection in India. While I was there primarily to provide my knowledge on this critical human rights issue, I knew very well that the conversation would spill (as the hearing was partly led by right-wing conservatives) into the arena of abortion and reproductive rights. I stated emphatically and unequivocally that you cannot empower women by taking away their rights. In case you couldn’t hear me– over the arrogant interruptions of some rude congressmen– I expanded on some of my thoughts in a piece for RH Reality Check. Tweeting me any feedback is always much appreciated.

 

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Giving perpetrators a death sentence won’t give us sustainable change http://www.mallikadutt.com/2013/09/giving-perpetrators-a-death-sentence-wont-give-us-sustainable-change/ http://www.mallikadutt.com/2013/09/giving-perpetrators-a-death-sentence-wont-give-us-sustainable-change/#comments Fri, 13 Sep 2013 15:40:07 +0000 Alex http://www.mallikadutt.com/?p=1740 The death penalty may quench, for some, a thirst for a particular — and highly limited — type of justice. The rape and murder of Jyoti rightly sowed rage, and I can understand the impulse for such retribution, especially on the part of her parents. But the death of the ...

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The death penalty may quench, for some, a thirst for a particular — and highly limited — type of justice. The rape and murder of Jyoti rightly sowed rage, and I can understand the impulse for such retribution, especially on the part of her parents. But the death of the perpetrators will do little to change the lives of women in India, today or tomorrow.

Real deterrents include appropriate policing, accountable government, and effective implementation of laws. But more than that, the best deterrent to rape is culture change: bold, steady, and persistent challenges to the norms and biases that enable and excuse violence against women. We need to make violence and discrimination against women socially and culturally unacceptable, in India and beyond — not just in the spectacular cases but in our everyday lives, homes, and interactions. We need to dismantle the biases that send girls into dangerous early marriages, that prevent girls from being born — leaving some communities in India with so few girls that they must be trafficked in for men to marry. And men need to stand shoulder to shoulder with women to demand and make that change.

We need more fathers like the one Breakthrough met in Jharkhand — who took his daughter back from her marriage at 13 when he found out she was being abused — to become the norm. Now he publicly stands against early marriage, talking his relatives out of following the practice. That’s the kind of sustainable change we really need — where human rights begin and live in every home and all people are able to reach their full potential.

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