NoVo is the Latin word for “change, alter, invent.” If you had $1 billion to invest in a worthy cause, what would you do? How would you make a dent in the universe?
The NoVo Foundation has decided to empower women and girls around the world, and their mission includes ending violence against girls and women:
No matter where or how you were raised, inequality shows up. . .connected to the injustice that affects whole societies.
We, like most people in the world, want to see that inequality end. We’re using the foundation’s resources to be one small nudge against exploitation and violence. We focus on improving the status of women and girls. Around the world women and girls often suffer from violence, poverty, and discrimination simply because they are female. We believe that when women and girls are able to be equal partners in society, transformation will occur. . .
NoVo Foundation seeks to foster a transformation in global society from a culture of domination and exploitation to collaboration and partnership, empowering women and girls as the primary agents of change. . .
Around the world, women and girls often suffer from violence, poverty, and discrimination simply because they are female. . .
. . .accompanying our focus on women and girls is a commitment to supporting the education of men and boys so that their roles may also serve to move us toward a more just society. . .
. . .women and girls must be empowered in every sphere of society. We believe that once empowered, women and girls will play transformative leadership roles; and as women and girls become more equal partners with men and boys, a spirit of collaboration can better prevail in society.
This is the amazing vision of Peter and Jennifer Buffett. It is how they intend to invest the Berkshire Hathaway stock his father Warren Buffet promised to each of his children’s charities.
There are a million worthy causes out there. I am humbled that the Buffetts believe that empowering women and girls is the best way to make a difference. It’s a pretty Outrageous Act!
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