Happy New Year

Welcome to the first edition of the Global Woman Newsletter this year.  Global Woman Newsletter wishes you a Happy New Year, and look forward to keeping you informed this New Year.

Welcome to the first edition of the Global Woman Newsletter of 2019.  Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation (GWPF) wishes you a Happy New Year and welcomes their readers and supporters to 2019!  It is their hope that you had a wonderful holiday season, and they are looking forward to a prosperous year ahead.  The organization is excited to begin a new year, which is also the 9th anniversary of the founding of Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation.  It is a delight to enter the 9th year of serving women and girls, with the help of enthusiastic friends and supporters.  GWPF has great plans for this year, so continue to read this newsletter for the news as they unfold during the course of the year.  Here are some of the January 2019 activities we have in the life of GWPF.  

GWPF began the New Year with joyful, yet sad hearts as they came together this past Saturday to say farewell to their Advisory Board Member, Lisa Crawford Bruch.  It was a sad but inspirational service given by Lisa’s family, and GWPF was honored to have been included in the fabulous program.  Among the attendees paying tributes to Lisa were GWPF, AT&T, CenturyLink, Telecom, Federal Government Agencies and Global Enterprise Services. Delivering the first tribute on the program, GWPF’s Vice President, Amie Jallah choked up as she shared details of her personal relationship with Lisa, which led her to introduce the organization to Lisa.  Executive Director, Angela Peabody ended the tribute by telling Lisa’s family, “Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation plans to establish a special scholarship fund in Lisa’s name and memory for girls in West Africa, who have either undergone female genital mutilation or are at risk of the practice.  The fund will be called ‘The Lisa C. Bruch Scholarship Fund’.”  Peabody continued, “It is a gesture that Lisa would most certainly appreciate.”  She said that Lisa was one of a kind, and she is already missed.  She added, “Rest in peace and continue to root for the work we do from where you are with God.”  Anyone interested in supporting this special scholarship fund should contact Arnold DeShield and Dr. Wallicia Gill at info@globalwomanpeacefoundation.org for instructions on how to support the Fund.  Please indicate in the subject line of your email, ‘Scholarship Fund’.    

Although GWPF continues to mourn the loss of Lisa, she would want to see the work against FGM continue.  So next Tuesday, January 15th, the Kids Reach Shield Program, the law enforcement training program of GWPF will convene in its first scheduled training with Arlington County Police.  The training session is expected to cover the cultural and traditional practices of FGM, and what the police can expect and detect in the event they are faced with such cases.  In addition, GWPF’s new Board Member, F.A. Cole who is also an outspoken survivor is expected to address the detectives and officers.  Lieutenant Eliseo Pilco of the Arlington County Police Department said he expects to have representatives from the Child Protective Services of Arlington County in attendance.

Next Friday, January 18th, GWPF plans to launch its official fundraising and registration page for the 2019 Walk To End FGM and the Global Woman Awards.  Yes, these twin events are not scheduled to take place until October; however with an early launch, the organization will have 10 months to prepare participants, speakers, guests and awardees for their travels.  The Global Woman Awards will be held on Friday, October 18th and the Walk To End FGM will follow on Saturday, October 19th.  Please read the Global Woman Newsletter of January 22nd for details about the launch.

The first Support Group Workshop of 2019 will be held by GWPF on Saturday, January 19th.  They will extend the support group discussion to other FGM survivors in all states of the United States.  Individual invitations will go out this week to the usual attendees as well as new survivors outside the Washington, D.C. area.  Utilizing technology, survivors will be able to call in to the workshop and participate in the discussion of the month.  GWPF is excited at the prospect of taking this step forward in servicing survivors of FGM around the United States.  Detective Caitlin O’Malley of the Major Crimes Bureau and Child Abuse Squad of Fairfax County Police Department is scheduled to lead the workshop discussion on the 19th.  If you are a survivor of FGM or you believe that you are at risk of it being done to you, you do not want to miss this workshop. Please contact Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation at info@globalwomanpeacefoundation.org to have your name added to the invitation list before next week Thursday.

GWPF is working on several activities in the coming months so keep reading this newsletter for announcements.  The organization is hopeful that the New Year brings all positive results in whatever you their readers, partners, friends and supporters endeavor.  Thank you for making it possible for the organization to achieve some of its goals in the past year.  GWPF still welcomes your continued support in 2019.

Comments and questions to info@globalwomanpeacefoundation.org or call (703) 818-3787


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Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation’s 2019 Calendar


  • Arlington Police receives FGM Training Presentation – Tuesday, January 15th
  • Walk To End FGM Registration Launch – Friday, January 18th 
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, January 19th
  • International Day of Zero Tolerance – Wednesday, February 6th   
  • SNMA Students FGM Advocacy Workshop – Sunday, February 10th 
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, February 16th
  • United Nations CSW63 – March 11th – 22nd
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, March 16th
  • GWPF 1st Quarter Board Meeting – Saturday, March 30th
  • Women’s History Jazz Program – Saturday, April 6th
  • FGM Presentation to Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) – Sunday, April 14th
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, April 20th
  • First Shipment of Feminine Pads to Sierra Leone – May
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, May 18th
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, June 15th
  • GWPF 2nd Quarter Board Meeting – Saturday, June 29th
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, July 20th
  • Support Group / Vacances Sans Excision Camp – Saturday, August 17th
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, September 14th
  • GWPF 3rd Quarter Board Meeting – Saturday, September 28th
  • Global Woman Awards – Friday, October 18th
  • Walk To End FGM – Saturday, October 19th
  • Thanksgiving Feast / Support Group – Saturday, November 16th
  • GWPF Year-End Board Meeting – Saturday, December 7th

We will update this 2019 calendar as schedules come in

This section is for special announcements.  If you have an announcement you would like to run in this section, please follow these guidelines.

The education toolkit – Now Available and downloadable at https://www.globalwomanpeacefoundation.org/prevention-school-resource-fgm-toolkit/

The guidelines to submit an announcement to appear in this newsletter:

  • The length of announcement must be no more than a paragraph of 6 lines.
  • Your announcement is free of any charges.
  • Your announcement should be something that pertains to women, girls or students, such as events, walk-a-thons, conferences, etc.
  • If there is an accompanying image, it must be no less than 72 dpi, preferably in jpeg.
  • Your announcement must be received no later than the Thursday 5:00pm prior to the following Tuesday publication.  
  • Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation reserves the right to deny a submission if it is not within our guidelines.

Weekly Word-Scramble

Do you enjoy playing with words?  This is a fun way to see how well you can unscramble the following words.  We will reveal the unscrambled words in next week’s edition of the newsletter.  If you enjoyed this, write and give us your feedback to info@globalwomanpeacefoundation.org.

Can you unscramble the following five words?

This Week’s Scrambled Words






Last Week’s Scrambled Words                                  Last Week’s Unscrambled Words

SISPONYS                                                                     SYNOPSIS     

KAENS KEEP                                                              SNEAK PEEK

TROPPUS PUORG                                                       SUPPORT GROUP


SDIK HCAER DLEIHS                                                KIDS REACH SHIELD

We give you five scrambled words each week.  We hope you enjoy playing.


How You Can Help & Support Us

Here are some of the ways you can help and support our programs in 2018: 

  • Donations (including in-kind donations) www.globalwomanpeacefoundation.org
  • Partnering (collaborating in one of our programs and/or events)
  • Joining our Internship or Student-Ambassadorship Program 
  • Volunteering  
  • Donate through employer payroll deduction (through Your Cause, United Way or the government employee giving program)

Important Contacts in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area to Keep Handy

Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation               703-818-3787

National Child Abuse Hotline                              800-422-4453

Fairfax County Office for Women                       703-324-5730

Virginia Crime Victim Assistance                       888-887-3418

Montgomery County Abused Persons Program   240-777-4673 (24 hours)

Prince Georges County Sexual Assault                301-618-3154

Prince Georges County Child Advocacy Center  301-909-2089

Baltimore City Child Abuse Center                     410-396-6147

Frederick County Child Advocacy Center           301-600-1758

Howard County Listening Place                          410-313-2630

Washington County Child Advocacy Center       240-420-4308

District of Columbia Metropolitan Police            202-727-9099

Alexandria Victim/Witness Program                   703-746-4100

Arlington County Victim/Witness Program        703-228-7273

Loudon County Victim Witness Program            703-777-0417

Prince William County Victim/Witness              703-392-7083

Attention: The U.S. government opposes FGM, no matter the type, degree, or severity, and no matter what the motivation for performing it. The U.S. government considers FGM to be a serious human rights abuse, gender-based violence, and, when done to children, a form of child abuse. It is against the law to perform FGM in the United States on a girl under the age of 18 or to send or attempt to send her outside the United States so FGM can be performed. People who violate this law can face prison time and significant immigration consequences. Additionally, anyone who performs FGM on a woman 18 years old or older without her consent may be charged with a crime under other laws.  If someone performed FGM on you, you have not violated any U.S. laws and are not at fault, call 1-800-994-9662.