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


Updates from NoVo

NoVo is Hiring an Adolescent Girls’ Rights Program Officer!

16 Oct, 2014

NoVo is looking for a deeply passionate and highly skilled individual to join our team as and Adolescent Girls’ Rights Program […]

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


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)