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Presentation Today at 5:00 by Mallika Dutt of Breakthrough

Posted: March 16, 2009

The School of Social Work is hosting a presentation today by Mallika Dutt, founder and executive director of Breakthrough: Building Human Rights Culture. Breakthrough's work is aimed at transforming public attitudes and advancing equality, justice, and dignity using the human rights framework. 

When:  TODAY.  Monday, March 16, 2009, 5-7 p.m.

Where: SSWB, either the Educational Conference Center (ECC) or one of the classrooms – there will be a sign on the door of ECC in case of location change.

(1080 S. University, Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1106, Southwest corner of South University and East University)

About Breakthrough: Breakthrough is an innovative, high impact international human rights organization using the power of popular culture, media, and education to transform public attitudes and advance equality, justice, and dignity. They currently work in India and the United States, the world's two largest democracies, on several issues including women’s rights, sexuality and HIV/AIDS, racial justice, and immigrant rights. They use creative tools to build a culture of human rights. These rights make up the daily fabric of our lives, of how we tend to live individually and as a community. The rights to life, food, shelter, freedom of expression, freedom from violence, and religious freedom – human rights to which we are all entitled. The United Nations has codified many human rights in documents called conventions and treaties, which are ratified by member countries that promise to adhere by their rules.

Breakthrough works to transform attitudes towards women so that they can realize their full potential. Please visit their website www.breakthrough.tv for more detail.

Mallika Dutt, founder and executive director of Breakthrough:

Mallika has authored several articles and essays including the widely referenced "With Liberty and Justice for All: Women's Human Rights in the United States." She was also the co-author of the globally utilized manual, "Local Action Global Change: Learning About the Human Rights of Women and Girls," which has been translated into more than ten languages.

Mallika is a member of the NY State Bar. She has a J.D. from NYU Law School and a master's in International Affairs from Columbia University. Prior to founding Breakthrough, Dutt was the Program Officer for the Human Rights & Social Justice Program at the Ford Foundation's New Delhi office. Mallika has also served as the Associate Director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University and as the Director of the Norman Foundation.

Mallika is a founder of Sakhi for South Asian Women and has served on several boards and committees, including the Human Rights Watch Women's Rights Project and Asia Watch, the Sister Fund, Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Lt. Governor Committee on Public Police Relations, and the U.S. NGO Coordinating Committee for the UN World Conference Against Racism. She is currently on the Board of WITNESS.

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