The countdown is on! Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation (GWPF) kicks off its 7th annual Walk to End FGM scheduled for Saturday, October 17th on the Zoom Livestream Platform at 10:00a.m.Washington, DC time. Started in 2014, Walk to End FGM is a charity walk-A-thon against female genital mutilation (FGM). This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the walk will be held virtually. We ask that you visit the site and register at https://www.wizathon.com/walk2endfgm, and decide how many miles or kilometers you will walk, and get friends and family to either join your team or sponsor you by matching a dollar amount to your number of miles or kilometers.
The pre-walk program will be broadcast via Zoom livestream, with a Keynote Speech by Helen Sirocki, Former State Representative of Maine. During her years as State Representative, Sirocki advocated relentlessly for the criminalization of FGM in her state. Unfortunately, Maine remains one of the few U.S. states where FGM is lawful. In addition to our keynote speech, you will be entertained by Guitarist and Vocalist, Royce Lovett from the television show, The Voice. Emceeing the morning is Linord Moudou from VIP with Linord. During the program, we will announce the top 3 fundraising teams before you will be asked to go out and walk in your respective communities. If you already have a Walk To End FGM shirt, please wear it. If you don’t, please feel free to wear anything. Remember to take pictures and/or videotape of yourself walking and post them on GWPF’s Facebook page. We will later create a collage in remembrance of this year, and all the lives lost to COVID-19. You do not want to miss being a part of this memorable event.
Mission and Purpose
The mission of our organization is to empower women and girls through education to eradicate gender based violence, especially female genital mutilation. The purpose of the Walk to End FGM is to raise awareness about the practice of female genital mutilation and raise funds to support our programs. The organization saw the need to educate and inform the public in the U.S. that this heinous and atrocious practice is not only a problem in Africa, Asia and the Middle East; that it is a problem of the world.
The proceeds raised from the Walk to End FGM are used to support the programs for the rehabilitation of FGM survivors and the prevention of FGM on girls. To learn more about our programs, please visit
According to the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 500,000 girls in the U.S. are either at risk or are living with post-consequences of FGM. The states known with the highest numbers are California (56,872), New York (48,418), Minnesota (44,293), Texas (33,087), Maryland (31,820) and Virginia (30,830). The District of Columbia has approximately 4000 women and girls.
Get Involved and Participate
- Form a team and invite others to join your team and help raise funds
- Join a team that is already formed
- Register as an individual participant
- Sponsor a team or an individual participant or sponsor the event
- Be a Partner Organization with Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation in the Walk to End FGM
Our Sponsors and Partners
This event is sponsored by Giant Food, Inc. and Wegmans. Our active partners are SheFFA and George Washington University.
Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. As such, your donations and registration fees are tax deductible to the maximum extent required by law.