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.


Girls Not Brides

Girls Not Brides: A Global Partnership to End Child Marriage


NoVo in the Media

The Charitable-Industrial Complex

27 Jul, 2013

I HAD spent much of my life writing music for commercials, film and television and knew little about the world […]

Every year, an estimated

10 million

girls worldwide are married before age 18, usually with
no say in when or whom
they marry.

International Center for Research on Women