Remembering International Day of Zero Tolerance

This Monday, February 6th is International Day of Zero Tolerance for female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C).  In an effort to make the world aware of female genital mutilation and to promote an end to it, in December of 2012, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution; to observe February 6th as the day the world tells the perpetrators of FGM/C that there is no tolerance for the practice of it.  Since then, the U.N. requested that the day be used to enhance awareness-raising campaigns, and to take concrete action against the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting.

More commonly known as FGM/C, female genital mutilation/cutting is the intentional removal of either all or part of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. External genitals include the clitoris, labia, pubis, urethral and vaginal openings.  This practice is an abuse of human rights and causes serious health complications, including fatal bleeding.

According to the Population Reference Bureau (PRB), more than 500,000 women and girls residing in the U.S. are either at risk of FGM/C or have already experienced it.  FGM/C is a heinous deeply rooted traditional practice of more than five centuries, performed in parts of Africa, Asia, Middle East, Australia, Europe and North America, including the United States.  It originated in Egypt during the pharaoh era, and later found its way to Sub-Sahara Africa and other parts of the world.

More than 140 million women have been subjected to FGM/C and more than 3 million girls are at risk each year in the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).


Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation joins other anti-FGM/C organizations, advocates and activists around the world in sending the message that we will not tolerate the practice of FGM/C.  We will continue to demonstrate Zero Tolerance for this health hazardous practice on little girls.  This year, let’s observe this day with a dedication to all of the little girls past and present who were violated, and to all the women who have lived with the consequences of FGM/C.

If you are reading this we ask you to save the date, February 6th on your calendar and have a moment of silence for the women whose lives were taken at the blades of their excisors for the past five thousand plus years.  We applaud all of the women who have survived the years of post-FGM/C, and the courage many of them exhibit by speaking out against what they endured many years before.


Please make a note to wear an item of purple on Monday, February 6th to make your voice heard that you will not tolerate female genital mutilation/cutting.  Fly a purple flag on your car; wear a purple bow or flower in your hair or wear a purple jacket or t-shirt.  Write a tribute on your social media page to the women and girls we have lost to FGM/C for the past five plus centuries.  Let the world know that you care, and you want this atrocious and senseless practice to stop.

Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation’s 2017 Calendar


  • Support Group Meetings resume Saturday, February 18th
  • International Women’s Day on March 8th
  • Walk To End FGM registration begins – May
  • Vacances San Excision (Summer without Cutting) Camp – August
  • Walk To End FGM on October 21st
  • Giving Tuesday – November 28th

We will update this calendar as the year progresses.  Please mark your calendars, as we work toward a prosperous 2017.

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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

Can you unscramble the following five words?

This Week’s Scrambled Words







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

TRICITYLECE                                                                     ELECTRICITY

NAELC RETAW                                                                  CLEAN WATER

AHETLH RECA                                                                   HEALTH CARE

DAROS                                                                                  ROADS

OLSOHC TEMSYS                                                              SCHOOL SYSTEM


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

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The Global Woman Center Has Support Group Sessions

Support Group will resume sessions on Saturday, February 18th.  We invite you to join us at 3920 Alton Place, NW, Washington, D.C. 20016 at 12:30pm.  Our Counselor on site is Willa Jones, and Amie Jallah is now in charge of the support group.  For one-on-one meetings, contact us for appointments at or call 703-818-3787.

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/C, no matter the type, degree, or severity, and no matter what the motivation for performing it. The U.S. government considers FGM/C 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/C 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/C can be performed. People who violate this law can face prison time and significant immigration consequences. Additionally, anyone who performs FGM/C on a woman 18 years old or older without her consent may be charged with a crime under other laws.  If someone performed FGM/C on you, you have not violated any U.S. laws and are not at fault, call 1-800-994-9662.