2019 Walk To End FGM Opens for Registration

Six years ago in 2014, Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation (GWPF) made the decision to host a 5K Charity walk in Washington, D.C.  The purpose was to raise awareness, inform and educate the American public on the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM), and its presence in the United States. 

In the last two years the organization announced and opened registration for the Walk To End FGM in the month of May.  However this year they decided to get a head-start, and open registration and fundraising in the first month of the year.  This October 19th , GWPF will be joined by several of its partner organizations and supporters on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for the 6th time; they will make their voices heard by letting the excisers and traditional societies know that the practice of FGM has no place in the United States and neither in the rest of the world. 

Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation is encouraging walk participants to form teams and join in the fundraising efforts to support FGM survivors and at-risk girls.  The proceeds from this year’s Walk To End FGM will support the Lisa C. Bruch Scholarship Fund to educate girls in West Africa, who have either already experienced FGM or are at risk of it.  The scholarship fund was named in memory of the late Lisa C. Bruch who left this world in December 2018.  Lisa was a dedicated Board Advisor and Donor of GWPF.  She believed that only through education, the practice of FGM would be discontinued.   

In order for girls in West Africa to be eligible for the Lisa C. Bruch Scholarship, they must maintain a certain grade point average, and their parents must guarantee that the girls will not undergo FGM.  If a girl has already undergone FGM, and she has a younger sister who has not undergone FGM, the parents will be expected to agree that the uncut daughter will be protected from FGM, in order for the older daughter to be considered for the scholarship.  This scholarship fund is a way to help discourage the continuation of the practice of FGM.   Just as in previous years, the three teams that raise the most amounts will be presented with first, second and third prizes. 

Effective this Friday, February 1st the registration site will be live and ready for your registration and the setting up of your teams.  You will receive an automatic discount if you register early and take advantage of the “early bird special”. To be a part of the event, register at https://www.globalwomanpeacefoundation.org and click on “Register to Walk”.  Get involved and participate by choosing one of the following.

  • 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
  • Register as a virtual participant and help raise funds (if you are unable to attend)
  • 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
  • Register as a volunteer

You have the ability to create and manage your own personal page, share your photos, goals and get sponsors. If you would like to sponsor a participant, visit the site for more details at http://www.globalwomanpeacefoundation.com.  If you have further questions, please contact info@globalwomanpeacefoundation.org  Sponsors can submit their contributions online by credit cards on the sponsored participant’s personalized page found on the registration site. The sponsors will need to select the names of the sponsored participants.

Even if you have never fundraised before, the available materials and strategies will make it easy for you to solicit and collect sponsors from friends, family, colleagues, co-workers, neighbors, and others. Experience has shown that it is not only possible, but enjoyable, to set and reach your goals.  Sample letters will be provided on your personal fundraising page center, that explains the programs which the walk-A-thon supports and you will be surprised to see how quickly friends, family, and co-workers will respond to your request to help this much needed cause.  Just remember to make it personal as well, as you want them to know that they are sponsoring YOU and YOUR efforts! And, as many companies offer charitable donation matching programs, make sure to ask your sponsors to check with their employers, as it will help you meet your goal even more quickly.

Volunteers Needed – Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation is in search of volunteers for their 6th annual Walk To End FGM in the nation’s capital on Saturday, October 19, 2018.  Volunteers’ responsibilities are: Arrive early, set-up, on-site registration, t-shirt and bag distribution, oversee donations, supervision of the tables, coordinate pre-walk ceremony, seat speakers and guests, coordinate photo-ops and pre-walk interviews.  All volunteers will have free registration for the walk.  If you are interested in being a volunteer for the Walk To End FGM send an email to info@globalwomanpeacefoundation.org  and put in the subject line, “Volunteer”.  You may also call with questions to (703) 832-2642.


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.

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


  • Walk To End FGM Registration Launch – Thursday, January 29th 
  • International Day of Zero Tolerance – Wednesday, February 6th   
  • SNMA Students FGM Advocacy Workshop – Sunday, February 10th 
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, February 16th
  • Arlington Police receives FGM Training Presentation – Tuesday, March 5th
  • 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

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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

POHSKROW                                                                WORKSHOP

TROPPUS PUORG                                                      SUPPORT GROUP

EVITCETED                                                                 DETECTIVE

NOITACAV GNITTUC                                               VACATION CUTTING

DLIHC ESUBA                                                            CHILD ABUSE

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


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  • Volunteering  
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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.