We are getting close – Here we are in October already, and the 2-day event is next week! It is exactly 7 days until the Global Woman Awards and 8 days from the Walk To End FGM (#walk2endfgm). Are you ready? Have you registered yet? Register at our link below and be a part of a memorable event of its 6th and 7th year respectively. This week and next week, we will feature 2 awardees a day. Yesterday, we featured Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Attorney Jeanne Smoot. Here are our featured Honorees for today, Wednesday, October 7th:
Our 2020 Awardee in Education/Training is Donald Strong, the Director of Research Coordination and External Funding for the Department of Prevention and Community Health in the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University. He is responsible for developing relationships and collaborations with foundations, local and state government entities and other funding sources. Since joining the Department of Prevention and Community Health in 2013, Mr. Strong has been instrumental in assisting faculty in obtaining research, evaluation and training commitments from The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), The District of Columbia Department of Health, as well as health departments in several surrounding Maryland counties. For almost 20 years Mr. Strong has worked with medical providers and long-term care organizations to obtain contracts with The Department of Veterans Affairs and other federal agencies. Donald is an ardent advocate against FGM, and has been a supporter of GWPF and its programs.
Our 2020 honoree for Advocacy is Purity Soinato Oiyie, 22, from Narok County, Kenya, was barely 11 when she ran away from home to a church rescue center that protected her from Female Genital Mutilation and child marriage. Her father wanted her to undergo FGM and marry to a 70-year old man. She is from Kenya’s indigenous Maasai community and against all odds, completed her education. Purity was the first girl in her village to say no to FGM, and chose to attend college. She now empowers other girls and parents to reject this harmful practice, and choose education. Her work contributes towards the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5, which explicitly targets to end all forms of violence against women and girls, including harmful practices like FGM, as well as SDG 4, which promotes lifelong education and learning for women and girls. Purity founded the Silan Foundation as a dream-come-true for teenage girls. Purity was awarded the Young Women Leaders Mediation Ambassadorship by IPHRD Africa in Ethiopia. Her dream is to see the next generation of girls reading books, watching videos or listening to stories from elders about an eradicated FGM.
Global Woman Awards – Friday afternoon, October 16, 2020:
We will collaborate with SheFFA Foundation and George Washington University in collectively honoring 5 women, 4 men and a secondary school student. They will receive the Global Woman Award in 9 different categories. To read about all of our 2020 honorees, visit https://www.wizathon.com/walk2endfgm/?id=4945.
Friday Itinerary: 3:00p.m. Global Woman Awards, Keynote Speech from Lyric Thompson of ICRW, a speech from Maryum Saifee, and musical entertainment from vocalist “Butterscotch” and jazz vocalist and musician, Benjamin Caesar.
Friday afternoon emcee: Tyra Garlington, International Talk Show Host
Friday Location: Virtual Zoom livestream broadcast – link and e-program are now being provided this week. Check your email inbox for link and e-program.
Walk To End FGM – Saturday morning, October 17, 2020:
Former Maine State Representative, Heather Sirocki is our Keynote Speaker of the day, and we will be joined by guitarist and vocalist, Royce Lovett, who will serenade us before we take to the streets in our respective communities to safely walk, observing the social distancing requirements. We hope you will join us. To read about our 2020 speakers, entertainers and Emcees, visit https://www.wizathon.com/walk2endfgm/?id=4946.
Saturday Itinerary: Pre-walk program starts at 10:00a.m. – the walk starts at 11:30a.m. Please take photos and/or videos of you walking and post them to our Facebook page. We will compile a collage in memory of the year 2020 when our lives changed, and every life that was lost to COVID-19.
Saturday morning emcee: Linord Moudou, International Talk Show Host
Saturday Location: Virtual Zoom livestream broadcast – link and e-program is now being provided this week. Remember to check your email inbox for link and e-program.
Special Saturday Prizes to: Teams that raise the 4 highest amounts. Competing in the Top 4 spots are Team Jacqui Olkin, Team Marin Hoang, Team NANBPWC 2020, and Team Wallicia Gill. We have great special prizes this year. It is not too late to form a team or join one. Get in on the competition! You may select the number of miles or kilometers you will walk, and get your local merchant(s) to sponsor each mile with a dollar amount to help us raise funds. Text your donations in advance to (571) 336-0030
Ways to 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
Don’t Miss Out!!!
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The proceeds raised from the Walk To End FGM are used to support the mental and physical health of survivors of FGM/C, including group and one-on-one counseling. Proceeds will also help keep Liberian and Sierra Leone girls in school to prevent them from undergoing FGM/C. To read about our 4 programs visit https://www.wizathon.com/walk2endfgm/?id=4940.
Thank You for Your Support!
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.