Eesha Pandit 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

Atlanta, GA—Today, Eesha Pandit, Executive Director of Men Stopping Violence 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 honored and delighted to be a part of the Move to End Violence’s second cohort of Movement Makers. It is crucial that leaders in the movement to end violence against women and girls come together to think strategically and work together to create safe homes and communities,” says Pandit.  She adds, “The NoVo Foundation, through the Move to End Violence program, is making a significant commitment to this movement by facilitating deep and lasting impact toward the goal of ending violence against women and girls.”

Men Stopping Violence (MSV) is a social change organization dedicated to ending men’s violence against women. When MSV opened its doors in 1982, there was little being done to engage men in preventing violence against women and to change the behavior of men who battered women. Over the past 30 years, MSV has educated more than a million people about creating community change, given over 60,000 men the tools to change their abusive behavior, developed and offered proven programs to facilitate a change from intervention to prevention. MSV believes that in the movement to end violence against women, men’s engagement is not only valuable, it is vital. Over the years, we have been joined by other individuals and organizations that call for men to become involved in the work of ending male violence against women – and we continue to work and build with our colleagues around the country and the world.

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 Eesha Pandit and Men Stopping Violence 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. More information about Men Stopping Violence is available at www.menstoppingviolence.org.