Empowering
Adolescent Girls

Everywhere in the world, girls face discrimination and exploitation simply because they are young and female. Many girls do not enjoy basic human rights: to be free from violence, to education, to inherit land, to decide when and whether to marry. We invest in girls because they deserve better. When girls are empowered they transform structures of poverty and inequity, and positively impact both their own lives and entire communities.

Our Strategic Approach

NoVo believes that when girls reach their full potential, the balance of power within society is shifted, creating conditions whereby equality and partnership can flourish. We call this The Girl Effect. We listen to girls so we can understand their most critical needs and aspirations, and we make direct investments in girls. We build girls’ capacity to reach their full potential, and work to shift cultural and social norms so that communities and nations positively value girls.

STORIES AND PROFILES

Move to End Violence and its Movement Makers have come together to stand with the hundreds of thousands in our country and millions around the world to assert that our lives and liberation are connected and inextricable.

BlackLivesMatter: A Call For Inclusive Race and Gender Justice Movements

NEWS AND UPDATES

Updates from NoVo

Move to End Violence: Building Inclusive Racial and Gender Justice Movements

16 Dec, 2014

Last week, Movement Makers from the first two cohorts gathered to continue their work together. It became very clear moments […]

In a study of strategies girls
in Zambia use to protect themselves from HIV
and violence,

86%

of girls noted that their response to violence was to “stay home” and withdraw
from public life because of
safety fears.

Population Council

“Understanding Adolescent Girls’ Protection Strategies Against HIV: An exploratory study in urban Lusaka” (Download PDF)