Mallika Dutt Receives American Courage Award

By UUA International Resources

It's been an exciting week for the UU Holdeen India Program's partners! Last week, Shramajivee Mahila Samity (SMS) – India received the Harriet Tubman Award from Free the Slaves; this week, Mallika Dutt received the American Courage Award from the Asian American Justice Center. Founder and executive director of Breakthrough: Building Human Rights Culture, Mallika has been utilizing the power of media, popular culture, leadership development, and community education in India and the United States to transform public attitudes as a means of advancing equality, dignity, and justice for all. An innovative, international human rights organization, Breakthrough addresses critical global issues including racial justice, immigrant rights, violence against women, and HIV/AIDS, using creative tools to "build a culture of human rights." This culture is built upon the tenets of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The rights to life, food, shelter, freedom of expression, freedom from violence, and religious freedom - in other words, the human rights to which we are all entitled. Utilizing award-winning, multi-media awareness campaigns, Breakthrough shares powerful, human-rights-affirming messages with audio, video, and discussion/resource guides. The recipient of several awards already, Mallika has served as program officer for human rights at the Ford Foundation's New Delhi office and as associate director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University. Also a founder of SAKHI for South Asian Women, she has served on several boards and committees including WITNESS, Human Rights Watch Asia and Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Rights Working Group, and Games for Change. Let's Breakthrough Together 2008 Benefit Video from Breakthrough on Vimeo. For further information: Learn, educate, and explore Breakthrough's inspiring, and inspired, work.

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