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.


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


Updates from NoVo

NoVo Foundation Celebrates International Women’s Day

8 Mar, 2015

On International Women’s Day, all of us at the NoVo Foundation join our voices with others in celebration of women […]

More than


of all sexual assaults are committed against girls
under age 15.

United Nations
Population Fund