Thanksgiving and ‘Giving Tuesday’ – November 24th & 29th

The month of November comes with the theme of gratitude, giving thanks, appreciation, sharing and giving.  Everyone thinks of Christmas as the time for giving and exchanging gifts but November sets the theme long before Christmas.

On Thursday, November 24th everyone in the United States will celebrate Thanksgiving Day.  What sets this holiday apart from others is that it is non-religious and is not restricted to any one ethnicity.  It is the one day in America that all religions and all ethnicities come together to celebrate.  American history shows that the 1621 Plymouth feast and thanksgiving was prompted by a good harvest that year. Pilgrims and Puritans who began emigrating from England in the 1620s and 1630s carried the tradition of Days of Fasting and Days of Thanksgiving with them, to what is now known as New England. Several days of Thanksgiving were held in early New England history that has been identified as the “First Thanksgiving”.

According to travel agents and airlines throughout the country, Thanksgiving is the heaviest traveled holiday in the U.S.  It is when everyone finds his/her way to families or friends to sit down to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, regardless of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or no religion at all.  The President of the United States even has a Thanksgiving tradition in which he pardons a turkey from being slaughtered that year.

The day is usually referred to as ‘Turkey Day’, but it extends far beyond the consumption of baked or roasted turkey and pumpkin pie.  It is traditional for some families to have everyone around the table take turns in stating why he or she is thankful.  The reasons for being thankful vary from each member of the family.  With that in mind, Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation wants to share with you why we at the organization are thankful this Thanksgiving.  We are thankful for all of the survivors of FGM/C who are willing to stand with us in our campaign to end the practice.  We are thankful this year for the success of the third annual Walk To End FGM.  We are thankful for our many supporters, partners and sponsors; we are also thankful for each person who stops and takes the time to listen to us as we explain what FGM/C is.  We are thankful for you.

As families gather around their dinner tables this Thanksgiving, there will be many variables of why they are thankful.  What will you be grateful for this Thanksgiving?  Has it been a fruitful year for you?  Has it been a year of drought for you and your family?  Or perhaps you overcame a terrible illness, and you’re thankful.  Whatever your reason for being thankful, stop to think about those with less than what you have.  Let’s think about the injustices around the world that women and girls suffer every day.  Let’s think about the little girls that will be hauled off into the bushes that very day and parts of their genitals will be butchered.

If you wonder how you can help, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving is #GivingTuesday.  #GivingTuesday is special, especially to nonprofit organizations.  #GivingTuesday is the day when charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world come together for one common purpose.  They celebrate giving and generosity.  What is the origin of #GivingTuesday?  A cultural center in New York City called 92nd Y in 1874 started bringing people together around the values of service and giving back.  Five years ago, the same cultural center created #GivingTuesday.  The day is intended to connect diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations in the spirit of giving.  #GivingTuesday is a global movement, which unites countries around the world by sharing their capacity to care for and empower one another.

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In the spirit of giving on this #GivingTuesday, Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation asks that you join us in that spirit by supporting us.  When you shop today on Amazon, please choose Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. as your charity choice.  As you, our supporters make your purchases from, please do so by supporting us at: and Amazon will donate to Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation.  #StartWithaSmile at and Amazon will donate to Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation.


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