Summer Fast Approaches and What It Means for Little Girls

As the months whisk away toward the summer, girls who are already familiar with female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) become worried.  They ask themselves, “Will this be the summer when I will be taken to the mutilator?”

Summer months are the most popular months when girls are at the highest risk of being cut.  It is convenient for the parents or guardians to plan trips to their countries of origin; the girls are out of school during the summer months.  It is a long enough period for them to physically heal prior to returning to school.

While their western counterparts look forward to a long, relaxing and enjoyable summer, girls at risk of experiencing FGM/C only have fear, brutal cutting and possibly death to which to look forward.  According to some statistics, more than 292,000 girls around the world could be genitally cut this year.  Although the summer months are the greatest risks for the girls, in many other countries, high season began this month, February.  In some West African countries, like Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, where the rainy season can become disruptive for outdoor activities, the dry season months are the most prevalent for the practice.  Since the rainy season begins in June, the summer months would not be the most popular time to practice FGM/C in such climates.  Months from December through May are the most popular months for the Sande and Bondi Society Bushes.  The Sande and Bondi Societies are the core societies that practice FGM/C in some West African countries.

Let’s not be fooled that vacation cutting can only be carried out during the summer months.  Parents can still plan holiday trips during the Christmas and New Year break, if they are that determined and desperate to take their girls overseas for the purpose of performing FGM/C.  Keep in mind that the deceptive methods by which some perpetrators of FGM/C use to lure the girls are clever and persuasive.  Girls are dressed up and told that they are being taken to a birthday party, only to arrive and discover that it is a different type of party.  Some of them are told that they are going to attend a relative’s wedding in their parents’ country of origin, or they are going to visit their grandparents, whom they have never met, since the girls were born in the United States or in another western country.

If you are reading this article and are not familiar with what happens to the girls, please know the importance of sharing this story with your friends, neighbors and others in your community.  The practice of FGM/C will only end if everyone knows about it, and knows that it is not something that is only practiced in remote villages in Africa, Asia and the Middle East.  Know that it exists right here in the United States.  It could be done right in your own neighborhood and you would not have any idea, if you were not informed.  If you suspect that a girl is at risk of FGM/C, please call one of the phone numbers provided at the bottom of this newsletter or contact your local child abuse hotline.  The practice of FGM/C has been a federal crime since 1996 and it is banned in more than 23 states in the United States.

It is important for teachers, school nurses, counselors, neighborhood parents and everyone involved with children to become informed about the practice of female genital mutilation/cutting.  The little girls must be protected, and just like “it takes a village to raise a child”, it also “takes a neighborhood to protect a girl from female genital mutilation/cutting”.  Let’s protect our girls – they are the future women of the world.

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


  • Support/Focus Group Meeting – Saturday, March 4th
  • International Women’s Day on March 8th
  • “The Best Defense is a Good Offense” A Walk for HIV Prevention – March 10th
  • Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) – April 13th through 21st
  • 11th Annual Dr. Julianne Malveaux Women’s History Luncheon/Awards – April 23rd
  • 25th Annual Children’s Justice Conference – April 11th through 12th
  • 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

NASETRO                                                                             SENATOR

GRIANIVI                                                                             VIRGINIA

HARDIRC LACKB                                                               RICHARD BLACK

LILB                                                                                       BILL

CIOUSILAM ONDINGUW                                               MALICIOUS WOUNDING


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, March 4th.  We invite you to join us at 3920 Alton Place, NW, Washington, D.C. 20016 at 12:00pm.  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.