NoVo in the Media

World Economic Forum puts Adolescent Girls on plenary agenda for the first time

30 January 2009

On Saturday January 31, 2009, The World Economic Forum will host a panel discussion, The Girl Effect on Development. This event is the first-ever plenary panel on adolescent girls and is designed to create a powerful vision for the world’s future by harnessing the power of adolescent girls.

Panelists for the plenary include Gates Foundation Co-Chair Melinda Gates, World Bank Managing Director Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, Executive Director of UNICEF Ann Veneman, Nike Inc. CEO Mark Parker, and Minister of Trade for Indonesia Mari Pangestu. It will be moderated by Helene Gayle, President and CEO of CARE.

In this era of global economic uncertainty—a critical focal point for this year’s event—a spotlight on girls is even more timely. Investing in girls today plants the seeds for solving poverty tomorrow. By investing in adolescent girls, we can ignite positive change in families, villages, cities, countries and the world.

The NoVo Foundation is proud to partner with the Nike Foundation on “The Girl Effect,” the ripple effect of development that is created by investing in adolescent girls.