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Ms. Foundation Program Officer Selected for Prestigious NoVo Foundation Program Building Movement to End Violence Against Girls, Women


NEW YORK--Nov. 19, 2012--Ms. Foundation for Women Senior Program Officer for Safety Monique Hoeflinger was selected to join the NoVo Foundation's groundbreaking Move to End Violence program, a 10-year, $80 million program to strengthen leaders and organizations, and build a breakthrough movement to end violence against girls and women in the United States.

"These leaders have shown incredible vision and courage in their day-to-day work, confronting violence, abuse, rape and trafficking of women and girls in their communities," said Jennifer Buffett, president and co-chair of the NoVo Foundation. "The Move to End Violence program is an effort to honor their bold leadership and harness their potential to create the change needed so that girls and women can live free of violence."

Leaders selected for the program participate in an intensive, two-year experience that includes time for essential, big-picture conversations; the opportunity to sharpen their vision and develop a strategy; skills-building sessions to advance social change and advocacy skills; and a strong emphasis on self-care and empowerment. Leaders' organizations also receive general support grants and technical assistance to advance organizational development.

"The Ms. Foundation for Women applauds the NoVo Foundation for its deep commitment to ending gender-based violence, including child sexual abuse, which disproportionately affects girls," said Hoeflinger. "This innovative opportunity will strengthen not only the Ms. Foundation's efforts to advance prevention policies, but also its broader impact on the cultural conditions that perpetuate child sexual abuse."

The Ms. Foundation was one of the first organizations to specifically address child sexual abuse, which is increasingly understood to be at the root of many other problems women face later in their lives. Through its investment in grantees at the local, state and national level, the Ms. Foundation is supporting policies that hold institutions accountable and ensure that children are safe in the places they live, learn and play. The Ms. Foundation is committed to working toward a future in which women and girls control every aspect of their lives and bodies.

Over 10 years, the Move to End Violence program will connect and strengthen hundreds of advocates and organizations, investing in a national network of committed leaders with the vision, skills and renewed energy necessary to reinvigorate efforts to end violence against girls and women. The NoVo Foundation will also consider funding a select number of collaborative campaigns that will be designed by program participants, chosen for promising potential to create meaningful change.

"We are delighted to name Monique Hoeflinger and the Ms. Foundation for Women as partners in this effort," said Jackie Payne, Move to End Violence director. "We look forward to supporting her and the other 'Movement Makers' as they develop bold new strategies to confront violence and create lasting change for women and girls."


About the Ms. Foundation for Women

The Ms. Foundation for Women is the leading national social justice foundation committed to building women's power to ignite change. Every day, it helps over 150 grassroots organizations across the US fight for changes like good paying jobs, reproductive health, ending violence against women and girls, and the inclusion of women at decision-making tables. By investing in social justice trailblazers--especially women from low-income communities and communities of color most affected by injustice--it works for a nation in which power and possibility are not limited by gender, race, class, or any other factor. The Ms. Foundation delivers funding, builds skills, develops leaders, connects activists with allies, and amplifies the voices of our grantees to create change that benefits women, families and communities.

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