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MARCIA OLIVO SELECTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS NOVO FOUNDATION PROGRAM

One of 20 U.S. Leaders Selected for Vision, Action to Create a World Where Girls and Women Can Live Free from Violence


MIAMI, FL —Today, Marcia Olivo was named by the NoVo Foundation as one of 20 new leaders selected to join its 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 to get there; 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.

“I am incredibly honored to be selected for the NOVO End the Violence Program.  I know this experience will provide the right set of opportunities to hone our skills, individually and organizationally in order to move our Gender Justice work forward,” said Marcia Olivo.

Marcia is the Gender Justice Coordinator with The Miami Workers Center (MWC).  MWC is a strategy and action center that builds the collective strength of low-income people of color for power and self-determination. Our work is led by the people most affected by the social issues of our time: poverty, racism, and gender oppression and emphasizes building the broadest and deepest base among our constituencies; developing their strategic and tactical leadership; shifting the public debate around issues impacting our communities; and building alliances that enable us to amplify our power and message.

Over ten 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 Marcia Olivo and The Miami Workers Center 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.”

More information on the Move to End Violence program is available at www.movetoendviolence.org.