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Welcome to Breakthrough Spotlight, a video and podcast series featuring conversations with community leaders, activists, artists and partner organizations working to build a world that is more equitable, inclusive, and sustainable for all.


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In 1995, the #UnitedNations 4th World Conference on Women resulted in the groundbreaking Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action - an agenda for change which set the tone for the next quarter-century of feminist movement building across the globe.

In honor of this momentous gathering - and the women and girls who made it possible - Breakthrough is inviting activist leaders to reflect on what happened, and where we go from here. How have the lives of women and girls changed for the better? For worse And how do we keep up momentum in the fight for gender equality?

Join three dynamic conversations with inspirational feminists, including Breakthrough's Founder, Mallika Dutt, and Co-Founder of Gender at Work, Aruna Rao.

Past Episodes

  • How to Share Leadership and Work as an Intersectional Feminist

    In this inspiring conversation, we speak with renowned human rights activist and founder of Breakthrough, Mallika Dutt. Together, we explore…... More
  • ART & ADVOCACY: Young Texas Women Fight for Equal Rights

    FEATURING Edith Valle (she/her/ella), Art Director, Deeds Not Words & Andrea Reyes Sierra (she/her/ella), Political Director, Deeds Not Words
      In this conversation, we spotlight Deeds Not Words, an organization based in Austin, Texas that harnesses the power of…... More
  • What Young Voters Have To Say About 2020

    Featuring: Jennifer Mandelblatt (she/her), Executive Director and Co-Founder, Platform
    In this conversation, we spotlight political training and lobbying organization, Platform, and their Our Voices 2020 National Youth survey. Featuring:…... More
  • Art for Protest & Liberation

    Featuring: Rozina Gilani (she/her), Director, ATL Radical Art
    In this conversation, we spotlight ATL Radical Art, a collective of artists of color who use performance and protest to…... More
  • Ignite the Youth Vote!

    Featuring Raie Gessesse, Midwest Program Manager, IGNITE National
    In this conversation, we spotlight the work of IGNITE, a national organization that's mobilizing women and girls to vote, run…... More
  • Survivor Justice Through Arts & Activism

    Featuring Veda Kamra, Communications Associate & Azaadi Khan, Youth Counselor & Advocate, Sakhi for South Asian Women
    In this conversation, we spotlight the advocacy and client services of Sakhi for South Asian Women, which advances justice for…... More
  • Momentous Healing for Indigenous Futures

    Featuring Emily Johnson, Director & Choreographer, Catalyst & Taté Walker, Mniconjou Lakota & Two Spirit Storyteller
    In this conversation, we spotlight how COVID-19 is affecting Indigenous communities, and offer creative nourishment and healing. Hosted by Charlie Amáya…... More
  • Talking Abolition and the movement for Black liberation

    Featuring K. Agbebiyi, Social Worker & Abolitionist Organizer, Survived & Punished NY
    In this conversation we spotlight how police and prison abolition became a rallying cry in the movement for Black liberation, and…... More
  • Trans Portrayal in Hollywood

    Featuring Sam Feder, Director, Disclosure & S. Mona Sinha, Executive Producer, Disclosure
    In this conversation with director Sam Feder and EP S. Mona Sinha, we spotlight Disclosure, a documentary that shows how the fabled…... More
  • Liberation Dreams

    Featuring Darnell Moore, Author, No Ashes in the Fire
    In this conversation, we spotlight Robin Kelley's Freedom Dreams and the essential practice of imagining a world free of oppression,…... More
  • Queer Healing Through the Arts

    Featuring Alexander Hardy, Writer & Wellness Warrior, Get Some Joy & Hosted by Hari Ziyad, Content Strategist, Breakthrough
    In this conversation, we spotlight the healing practices queer people have developed by building communities outside of social restrictions, and…... More
  • Disability Justice: Then & Now

    Featuring Doris Quintanilla, The Melanin Collective & Ola Ojewumi, Project ASCEND & Hosted by Priya Kvam, Associate Director of Partnerships, Breakthrough
    In this conversation, we spotlight disability rights and experiences of disabled people under COVID-19. Featuring Doris Quintanilla, The Melanin Collective& Ola Ojewumi, Project ASCEND…... More
  • Who Cares for the Caregivers?

    Featuring Loira Limbal, Director/Producer, Through the Night & Hosted by Moni Vargas, Creative Director, Breakthrough
    In this conversation, we spotlight Loira Limbal and her work on Through the Night, a documentary that highlights the "personal cost…... More
  • Alternative Models of Care

    Featuring Ted Kerr, Founding Member, W.W.H.I.V.D.D. & Ceyenne Doroshow, Founder and Executive Director, G.L.I.T.S. & Hosted by Hari Ziyad, Content Strategist, Breakthrough
    In this conversation, we spotlight the downsides to the state’s criminalizing responses to public health crises, and alternative models of…... More
  • Caregiving in a Pandemic

    Featuring Ishita Srivastava, Caring Across Generations & Kristina Mevs-Apgar, National Domestic Workers Alliance & Hosted by Priya Kvam, Associate Director of Partnerships, Breakthrough
    In this conversation, we spotlight Caring Across Generations and the National Domestic Workers Alliance, doing essential advocacy for family caregivers & domestic workers…... More