Several like-minded organizations from around the world have joined and continue to join in the event through participation, fundraising and raising awareness.
Each year the Walk to End FGM draws in more participants and more partners.
We have been fortunate to have Dr. Pierre Foldes, the physician who created the clitoral/labia restorative surgery for FGM survivors, and some of his team from Paris participate and speak at the walk, as well as to have Virginia Senator Richard Black speak at the walk. Senator Black has played an essential role in helping to criminalize the practice of FGM in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2018 Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation worked with Senator Black to have the Virginia law amended from a class 1 misdemeanor to a class 2 felony.
The purpose of the Walk to End FGM is to raise awareness about the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the U.S.
We saw the need to educate and inform the public that this heinous and atrocious practice is not only a problem in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, but it is also a growing problem of the entire world, which includes the United States of America.
We are also raising funds to open a full-service center where survivors of FGM, at-risk girls, parents and the community can come together in healing and preventing FGM.
The proceeds raised from the Walk to End FGM are used to support the mental and physical healing of women and girls who have experienced FGM or are at risk.
Proceeds help to support the rehabilitation and prevention, with support for clitoral/labia restorative surgery, counseling, physical therapy, and other health services