In 2014, Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation made history when we held the first Walk to End FGM in the U.S. on the Washington National Mall. In 2015, we made the event an annual walk-A-thon and continue to hold the walk on the National Mall every year.
Several like-minded organizations from around the world have joined and continue to join in the event through participation, fundraising and raising awareness.
Every 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. We were also lucky to have Virginia Senator Richard Black speak at the walk. He has been an essential in helping get pass a law making FGM illegal in the state of Virginia.
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 problem of the world, including the U.S.
Senator Richard Black, 2017
Left to Right: Frederique Martz, Linda Weil-Curiel, Dr Pierrre Foldes, 2017
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
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.
How You Can Help and Get Involved
Global Woman Awards
In 2015, we decided to include an award ceremony in the pre-walk program. We awarded 10 deserving women that year for making a difference in the world against FGM.
In 2016 ten women and the first man were awarded for their work against FGM, including a middle school student. The student was awarded for educating her school principal and schoolmates aboutFGM.
In 2017, we appointed a special committee to nominate and vote on who would receive the Global Woman Award. The committee is comprised of former awardees.