Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Ring the Bell with Mallika Dutt

For 30 years, Mallika Dutt has dedicated her life to human rights. What you will witness here are the fruits of her labor. Her organization’s current campaign to end domestic violence in India and the United States has reached over 130 million people so far. It’s message: Ring the Bell. A simple yet profound act of courage and compassion that everyone can do. And they are. Watch this video interview with Mallika and you’ll get sip of the great humility and devotion she exudes, and you will also see one of the video spots in this global campaign that is inspiring people to take bold action for dignity, equality, and justice — by ringing the bell.

Mallika Dutt Awards and honors

  • Distinguished Service, Diversity & Progress Award, South Asian Law Students Association of New York Law School, 2010
  • Karmaveer Puraskar: National Award for Social Justice & Citizen Action, Indian Confederation of NGOs, 2009
  • Asian American Justice Center Courage Award, 2009
  • Trailblazer Award, South Asians in Media Marketing Association (SAMMA, 2008
  • The Woman of Color, Woman of Courage Award, IUP Women’s Studies Program, 2008
  • Award for Distinguished Service, New York University School of Law BLAPA Alumni Association, 2006
  • Spirit of Asian America Award Asian American Federation of New York, 2003
  • Phoenix Award, New York Asian Women’s Center, 2002
  • National Citizen’s Award (India) for contribution to women and development, 2001
  • South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) Annual Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the South Asian Community, 2001
  • Public Interest Law Foundation Alumni Award, NYU Law School, 1991

Mallika Dutt Career

Prior to founding Breakthrough (human rights), 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 partnerships between police, NGOs, and civil society groups. Mallika also acted as the Associate Director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University, and sought to gain recognition for women’s rights as human rights.

Mallika is a co-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, and the US NGO Coordinating Committee for the UN World Conference Against Racism. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and currently serves on Boards of WITNESS, the Open Society Institute US Programs, and Games for Change, and on the Rights Working Group Steering Committee.

Mallika began her career as an Associate at Debevoise & Plimpton.

Mallika Dutt Background

Dutt was born in Kolkata, India on March 29, 1962 and grew up in Kolkata and Mirzapur. She graduated from NYU Law School in 1989, received a Masters in International Affairs and South Asian Studies from Columbia University in 1996, and an A.B. in International Affairs from Mt. Holyoke College in 1983.