Dr. Karen McDonnell Joins the Board of Directors of GWPF

The Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation (GWPF) Board of Directors convened in their first quarter meeting of 2019.  They voted unanimously to receive Dr. Karen McDonnell as a member of the Board of Directors.  McDonnell is no stranger to the organization, as she and the Milken Institute School of public Health have worked closely with GWPF during the last two years with their Practicum program.  In 2018, she addressed GWPF’s Support Group Workshop for survivors of FGM, the only support group of the kind in the Washington, D.C. metro area.  The organization is delighted to welcome Dr. McDonnell to their board room.  “Karen is most definitely a great asset to our organization,” Vice President Amie Jallah told Global Woman Newsletter.   

McDonnell said this when asked why she was interested in joining the Board. “I have had the pleasure of working with the Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation for the past 2 years. The work the foundation does to support women and communities is admirable and one I am honored to be associated with.”  And when she was asked how she felt GWPF would benefit from her presence on the Board, she responded, “I bring a skill set that would create opportunities for the GWPF to grow and further the attainment of the mission and goals of the foundation. As a professor in an academic institution I have successfully applied for and been awarded a number of grants and contracts. I also have demonstrated that GWPF would benefit through our public health graduate student pipeline of interns that are eager to work with GWPF.”

Dr. Karen A. McDonnell is an Associate Professor and Vice-Chair in the Department of Prevention and Community Health at Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University.  Dr. McDonnell has also been a public health program evaluation and implementation specialist for over 15 years, with experience working with community groups, public health agencies, and health care systems both locally and globally. Her expertise lies in using mixed methods to look at complex public health issues and programs. Dr. McDonnell’s most recent work is leading a team to evaluate gender based violence in immigrant communities, development and testing of a community-centered FGM prevention project, evaluating the National Domestic Violence Hotline/love is respect Helpline, taking a public health approach to gender based violence and HIV, and evaluating multi-systems changes in the Clinical Translational Science Institute with Children’s National and GWU. She has conducted trainings in public health policy, gender equity, and women’s leadership and teaches coursework in Program Evaluation, Maternal and Child Health, and works with undergraduate and graduate students, medical residents, and community groups to further the exploration of methods to meet our current complex public health challenges.  Dr. McDonnell is the recipient of the 2009 ASPH Early Career in Public Health Teaching Award, ASPH Academy of Distinguished Teachers, and the 2011 Milken Institute SPH Excellence in Teaching Award, and the 2018 Global Woman Award in Education/Training.  Karen has been vigilant in her work against FGM, including teaching, training and facilitating workshops.

Dr. McDonnell holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology/Biology from Hamilton College.  She obtained her Doctor of Philosophy from the School of Hygiene and Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.  McDonnell was named to the Washington DC Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Perinatal, Infant and Interconceptional Health. She has worked with several not-for-profit agencies and community health clinics that focus on the health and well-being of women, children and families in the metropolitan Washington, DC area and in Baltimore.  When speaking of Gender Based Violence (GBV), Karen said, “I have contributed to a better understanding of gender-based violence in immigrant communities, evaluating the National Domestic Violence Hotline/loveisrespect helpline, and taking a public health approach to gender based violence and HIV. These projects have led to greater understandings of gender-based violence and how to address this pressing, preventable public health problem.”

McDonnell currently conducts action-based research on issues related to community health, health behavior and Maternal and Child Health locally, nationally, and globally.  One of such research projects includes:  Development and Testing of a Community Centered FGM Prevention Project.  The objectives of this project are to use a 36-month community collaborative approach to the systematic and efficient evaluation of the multimethod approach towards the secondary and primary prevention of FGM. They have used a systematic investigative approach to develop and evaluate a special ‘toolkit’ for health and service providers to effectively communicate with women who have experienced FGM and/or the at-risk young girls.

Dr. McDonnell is wasting no time in getting involved with GWPF’s tasks.  She has offered to Chair the Nomination & Awards Task Group, and she expects to become closely involved with the Event Planning & Program Development Task Group as well.  As a 2018 recipient of a Global Woman Award, it is no doubt that Karen has selected to Chair the appropriate Task Group.  In the last two years, she has been a full participant of planning both the Walk To End FGM and the Global Woman Awards evening.  Her passion for working toward the prevention of FGM, and the rehabilitation of the survivors clearly states that she truly cares about the work in which GWPF engages.

Welcome to GWPF, Karen!  Everyone looks forward to working with you.

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


  • NOVA BPW 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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Special Announcement:  The Northern Virginia Business and Professional Women’s (NOVA BPW) Club, of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Inc. will host their second annual Women’s History Jazz and Awards Luncheon on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Country Club of Fairfax, 5110 Ox Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030 from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM.  The theme this year is “Celebrating Visionary Women: Empowered and Engaged.” Professional achievement awards will be given to women who have made a significant impact in the community and business arena. This historic event features Art-Spoken Word Performance by Melanie Joyce Johnson and Jazz performances by Common Ground Jazz Ensemble with tributes to the late Aretha Franklin. Radio icon, Tyra Garlington will lend her sexy and compelling voice to the guests, as she guides the program as the Mistress of Ceremony.  Tickets are available ($75.00) online at Eventbrite at https://novabpwwhp2019.eventbrite.com.  This is a great way to spend a spring afternoon, dining, and being entertained. Sponsorships and journal advertisements are available to businesses and individuals. Vendor opportunities are welcomed and available.  You do not want to miss this event, as it will be like no other.

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

YLIMAF EFIL                                                  FAMILY LIFE          

ROTANES KCALB                                          SENATOR BLACK

AINIGRIV                                                        VIRGINIA


LARENEG YLBMESSA                                 GENERAL ASSEMBLY                             

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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

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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.