Gender discrimination against women continues to rise in India. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, in 2011, there were more than 228,650 reported incidents of crime against women, while in 2015, there were over 300,000 reported incidents, a 44% increase.
Breakthrough was launched in 2000 with an aim to make violence and discrimination against women and girls unacceptable. While the NGO’s social media crusades urged millions of individuals to talk about gender disparities, its school-level projects helped over 18,000 adolescents across 150+ schools to understand the same.
It has organised several campaigns and programmes surrounding domestic violence, sexual harassment, early marriage, and other unjust treatments, as well as social evils.
Sohini Bhattacharya with over 30 years of experience in the social sector, joined Breakthrough India in 2010. Having started with a one-woman team, Bhattacharya has over the years helped develop Breakthrough’s effective, efficient, and resource-smart program strategy. She has been responsible for establishing a strong resource base, and contributed to institution building.
Watch the video to find out more about her journey.
(Video interviewed by Apurva P; video edited by Nang Tanvi)