An Educational FGM/C Toolkit Is Released By GWPF & CGCS

In the spring of 2016, the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS) began talks with Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation (GWPF) about the idea of an educational resource guide on female genital mutilation and cutting (FGM/C).  The Council being an entity of ethnic, racial and cultural diversity in education, had expressed its concerns about a new problem that seemed to plague communities in the U.S.  That problem was FGM/C, and the Council thought that such resource would serve to help remedy the problem.  Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation, which had already written a training manual a year earlier, and is an advocate in the campaign to end the practice of FGM/C readily welcomed the idea of the educational resource.

The FGM/C Prevention:  A Resource for U.S. Schools is intended to serve as an educational tool in FGM/C for nurses, guidance counselors and teachers in schools.  With too few school personnel knowing enough about the practice of FGM/C, and the cultural aspects of it, both CGCS and GWPF are confident that this toolkit is a much essential resource.

The Council of the Great City Schools brings together 68 of the nation’s largest urban public school systems in a coalition, dedicated to the improvement of education for children in the inner cities. The Council and its member school districts work to help schoolchildren meet the highest standards and become successful and productive members of society.  The Council keeps the nation’s lawmakers, the media, and the public informed about the progress and problems in big-city schools. The organization does this through legislation, communications, research, and technical assistance.  The mission of the Council is to promote the cause of urban schools and to advocate for inner-city students through legislation, research and media relations. The organization also provides a network for school districts, sharing common problems to exchange information, and to collectively address new challenges as they emerge in order to deliver the best possible education for urban youth.

In a report released by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), at the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013, more than a half a million women and girls reside in the U.S. who are either at risk of FGM/C or are living with the consequences of it.  The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) reports that there are sixteen major high-risk metropolitan areas in the U.S.  Some of those areas are the District of Columbia Metro, New York, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Seattle, Los Angeles, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Boston, Providence, Atlanta, Chicago, and San Francisco.


Since those sixteen major high-risk metropolitan areas are members of the CGCS, the Council partnered with Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation to create the resource guide for U.S. school staff to support the prevention of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). Although CGCS and GWPF are proud to introduce this resource to the public, as a result of  the hard work and dedication of Angela Peabody from the Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation and Ashley Ison, Gabriela Uro, and David Lai from the Council; however it is also the collaboration with the Ethiopian Community Development Council (ECDC), Equality Now and other entities that made this compilation possible.


“I am so excited that it is done, and I think it was well worth the long wait,”  said Angela Peabody of the completion of the resource.  “Thanks to all who contributed and all the work and time put into it.”  She continued,  “I remember the very first phone conversation Gabriela and I had when it was only a concept.  To see it now as a document and reality, is remarkable.”


The toolkit, which is nicknamed for the resource guide is made available on the Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation’s website.  The document is also downloadable.  It will also be made available on the site of the Council of the Great City Schools, and Equality Now will link to both sites for additional accessibility.  Please feel free to visit, read and download as needed from this direct link.  CGCS, GWPF and other collaborators invite you to share the news with others who might not receive this newsletter, by sharing the link with them.


If you have inquiries or comments about this article and/or the resource guide, please send them to or phone (703) 818-3787.

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


  • Walk To End FGM registration – Now Open for Registration
  • The launch of the education toolkit – June 20th
  • Support/Focus Group Meeting – Will return in July
  • Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Mid-Year Board Meeting – July 15th
  • Vacances San Excision (Summer without Cutting) Camp – August 19th
  • Walk To End FGM – October 21st
  • Giving Tuesday – November 28th
  • Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Year-End Board Meeting – December 1st

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

Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation FGM/C Support Group:  Our June survivors support group meeting was cancelled due to the month of Ramadan.  It will resume in July.  These meetings are for women who are in the process of healing (emotionally and physically) and wish to receive emotional support in a group setting.  During support group meetings, participants can share any aspect of their stories that they wish to reveal and are showered with unconditional love and support.  In addition to scheduled group meetings, individual support meetings are available, recommended, and encouraged for any survivor who may not be ready or interested in attending group meetings.  To schedule one-on-one meetings, please contact us at the following email address or call 703.818.3787 to inform us of your interest in attending individual sessions with one of our staff members.  Confidentiality, respect, and an abundance of understanding and unconditional acceptance are our fundamental objectives.  Our group facilitator is Willa Jones, Ph.D., a District of Columbia licensed professional counselor with over 20 years of experience.  The Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation staff person, who will also attend group sessions, is Amie Jallah.  You are invited to come out and let us support and celebrate your growth and progress at our group sessions in July, at 3920 Alton Place, NW, Washington, DC  20016 from noon until 1 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.


Volunteers Needed:  Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation is in search of volunteers for their 4th annual Walk to End FGM in the nation’s capital on Saturday, October 21, 2017.  Volunteers’ responsibilities are: Arrive early, set-up, on-site registration, T-shirt and bag distribution, oversee donations, supervision of the tents, 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  and put in the subject line, “Volunteer”.

To volunteer, contact us at or call 703-818-3787.  Register at and Walk to End FGM.

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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/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.