GWPF Teaches FGM at Freedom High School in Loudoun County, Virginia

On Tuesday, February 18, 2020, Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation accepted a special invitation from Freedom High School in Loudoun County to teach their senior class students about female genital mutilation (FGM).  It began when an assistant Sunday school volunteer teacher asked Angela Peabody, GWPF’s Executive Director about what she does when she isn’t teaching Sunday school.  The Assistant Sunday school teacher happens to be a senior at Freedom High School.  Peabody briefly explained to her about her organization and the work they do.  The student acknowledged that she had heard of FGM, and expressed interest, but they were interrupted when the children and parents arrived for Sunday school class.  Two days later, Peabody received an email from the high school senior with her teacher copied on it.  She asked if Peabody would be interested in coming to their school to lecture her class on FGM.  Peabody was surprised, yet elated that a high school student was actually interested in the topic.

After several emails back and forth, Peabody became familiar with the Social Sciences teacher, Rebecca Visna at Freedom High School.  Ms. Visna explained that she needed to obtain clearance from the Principal of the school before she could confirm Peabody’s visit to teach the class.  A couple of days later, Visna reconfirmed with Peabody that her visit to the school had been cleared, and her students were excitedly anticipating her visit.  Peabody admits, “I was a bit nervous because I did not know what to expect, since I had not taught a class on FGM under university level.”  She was pleasantly surprised by the welcome and the engagement the students exhibited during her visit.  She said later, “I could not have asked for a more attentive group of students.”

Ms. Visna had collected advance questions from the students the day prior to Peabody’s visit, therefore she was prepared with answers to the advance questions.  However the students had their hands up throughout the lecture and presentation.  At the end of the presentation, the questions continued to flow from the students.  “It seemed as though the students were hungry for more, and could not get enough of learning about FGM.”  Peabody later told some of her colleagues.”  She continued, “It is encouraging to see the sincere interest a group of high school seniors have about this heinous practice.  They want to see it stopped, and actually asked what they can do to help.”

Freedom High School, also known as Freedom-South Riding, is a top-rated public high school in the quiet Northern Virginia City of South Riding, located in Loudoun County, Virginia, United States.  It is approximately 25 miles west of Washington, D.C.  Although it might be described as being located in Chantilly, Virginia, the school is listed as part of the Loudoun County Public Schools.  The school was founded in 2005 with a current enrollment of 1,921 students, beginning from the 9th grade through the 12th grade.  They have a 13 to1 student-teacher ratio, and according to state test scores, 83% of the students are proficient in math and 95% in reading.  It was not surprising to Peabody to discover those statistics after her visit to the school.  With a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Social Studies, Ms. Visna is in her 4th year at Freedom High, and her 12th year of her teaching career. Last year, the law was passed in Virginia to include FGM in the Family Life Education curriculum, but formal implementations are still in the early stages.

Observance of International Women’s Day

Next Sunday, March 8th is International Women’s Day.  Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation wishes all women and girls around the world a Happy International Women’s Day!  This day has been designated for the observance of women worldwide, especially those who work toward creating a better world in which all humankind may live.

International Women’s Day was originally referred to as International Working Women’s Day.  It was intended to be a celebration to show appreciation, respect and love towards women for their economic, political and social achievements.  As early as the year 1909, this day was celebrated in New York City.

More than a century since, the women in New York City have celebrated this day, and now women around the world will observe International Women’s Day in some form or fashion to celebrate what began long before any of them existed.  International Women’s Day was actually first celebrated on March 19, 1911.  By 1945, the day was celebrated in all socialist countries in Europe.  The United Nations decided to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8th, which was during the International Women’s Year.


2020 Walk To End FGM Registration Opens April 1, 2020

Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation (GWPF) is pleased to announce that registration for the 7th Annual Walk To End FGM will be on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, and it is not an April Fool either.  The 2020 Walk To End FGM is scheduled for Saturday, October 17th on the Washington National Mall.  Started in 2014, Walk To End FGM is a 5K charity walk-A-thon against female genital mutilation (FGM).  FGM is the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons.  Most girls undergo FGM when they are between 5 and 15 years old.  Practiced for more than 5 centuries, FGM made its way to Europe, the U.K., Australia and North America due to the continuation of the practice.  The purpose of the Walk to End FGM is to raise awareness about the practice of FGM and to raise funds to support GWPF’s programs.

To Get Involved and Participate in the Walk To End FGM:

  • 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 on April 1st 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 on April 1, 2020


To volunteer, contact us at or call 703-832-2642.  Register on April 1, 2020 at and Walk to End FGM.


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.


Comments and questions to or call (703) 832-2642

Make Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation Your Favorite Charity in 2020

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Upcoming Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation’s 2020 Calendar

Please Save these Important Dates

  • International Women’s Day – Sunday, March 8th
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, March 21st
  • First Quarter Board Meeting – Saturday, April 4th
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, April 18th
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, May 16th
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, June 20th
  • Second Quarter Board Meeting – Saturday, June 27th
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, July 18th
  • Vacances Sans Excision – Saturday, August 15th (No Support Group Workshop)
  • Support Group Workshop – Saturday, September 19th
  • Third Quarter Board Meeting – Saturday, September 26th
  • Global Woman Awards – Friday, October 16th
  • Walk To End FGM – Saturday, October 17th
  • Support Group Thanksgiving Feast – Saturday, November 21st
  • Year-End Board Meeting – Saturday, December 5th

We will update the preceding calendar as events develop during the Year

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Survivor Resettlement Program

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Just4You Program

  • Sanitary Items Distribution
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Important Contacts in the Washington, D.C. Metro Area to Keep Handy

Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation               703-832-2642

National Child Abuse Hotline                              800-422-4453

Fairfax County Office for Women                       703-324-5730

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

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

Arlington County Victim/Witness Program        703-228-7273

Loudon County Victim Witness Program             703-777-0417

Prince William County Victim/Witness                703-392-7083

National Hotline                                                        800-994-9662