Mallika Dutt is president and chief executive officer of Breakthrough, an innovative, global human rights organization that uses the power of popular culture, media, and community education to transform public attitudes and advance equality, justice, and dignity.
Through award-winning initiatives in India and the United States, Breakthrough addresses critical global issues, including violence against women, sexuality and HIV/AIDS, racial justice, and immigrant rights.
Under Dutt’s leadership, Breakthrough has reinvented the delivery of social and cultural change through a mix of stirring multimedia campaigns and deep community engagement. Breakthrough’s groundbreaking partnerships range from grassroots groups and government agencies to entertainment leaders and influencers, including UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, President Bill Clinton, Sir Patrick Stewart, Amitabh Bachchan, and Eve Ensler.
Before founding Breakthrough, Dutt served as program officer for human rights at the Ford Foundation’s New Delhi Office, where she initiated the foundation’s work in police reform and forged unique partnerships between police, nongovernmental organizations, and civil society groups. She also acted as the associate director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University.
Dutt has authored several influential articles and essays, including the widely referenced “With Liberty and Justice for All: Women’s Human Rights in the United States.” She is also coauthor 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 10 languages.
Dutt is frequently interviewed in the national and international media. She has appeared on BBC and FOX News, and in the New York Times and India Today. She is also a member of She Source, a media organization that connects journalists and women policy shapers to enrich the public discourse on critical issues.