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Walk to End FGM

Global Woman® P.E.A.C.E. Foundation is hosting the 2nd annual “Walk to End FGM”, a 5K Walkathon in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, October 31, 2015.  We expect more than double the number of participants from 2014.  Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a heinous and violent practice that is done to little girls.  Female genital mutilation is the intentional removal of the external parts of the female genitalia for non-medical reasons.  If you wonder why we are walking in the U.S. against something that is practiced in far-away lands, know that FGM is not only practiced in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.  You will be surprised to know that it is practiced right here in the United States and in Europe.  The proceeds from this event will benefit The Global Woman Center, opening on June 27, 2015.

 

The Global Woman Center

Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation is launching a special support center in the Washington, D.C. metro area, servicing FGM survivors and at-risk girls of Northern Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.  The purpose of a support center of this nature is to help prevent and respond to female genital mutilation.  The center will build individual knowledge, while identifying the strengths, gaps and needs in the prevention and response to FGM in the United States.  The Global Woman Center will offer 2 phases; prevention and rehabilitation.

 

Prevention Phase is our Kids Reach Program

Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation has created the Kids Reach program to help prevent girls from the abuse of FGM.  The program requires the organization to protect the girls from undergoing FGM.  The program is designed not to frighten the children but to teach them safety and how to be alert.  A similar program of this nature is currently underway in the U.K., and has had great success with the schools and children.

The components of the Kids Reach Program are:

  • Teaching through our training manual
  • Working with parents and the children
  • Usage of the STEMgeo system
  • School visits to work in a school environment
  • High School volunteer system

 

Rehabilitation Phase is our Post Buddy Program

A post FGM vagina does not look as it did prior to undergoing FGM.  Its appearance is unfamiliar to American healthcare workers, and they are not accustomed to identifying and working with it.  Restorative surgery is the answer to may post-FGM OB/GYN problems.  The surgery will restore the vagina to normal appearance and functions.  The surgery will help the young women have normal OB/GYN check-ups without embarrassment and fear.  It enables them to have normal childbirth without the risk of infant and maternal mortalities, and to live without the physical genital pain they encounter with every monthly cycle and with each urination and sexual encounter.  The center is raising funds to support the surgeries of the young women.

The components of the Post Buddy Program are:

  • One-on-one Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • A Network of Participating OB/GYNs
  • Physical Therapy
  • OB/GYN and Restorative Surgery Referrals

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