Walk to End FGM Special Edition

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Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation Releases their 2016 Award Recipients

Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation will recognize eleven deserving women, one middle school student-ambassador and one man on Saturday, October 15, 2016 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  The organization started the recognition at the 2015 Walk to End FGM to recognize the work of eleven women every year at the Walk to End FGM.  This year a man and a middle school student will be recognized for the first time by the organization.

There are so many deserving women doing great advocacy work against gender based violence, and it was difficult to choose only eleven.  However Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. will ensure that all women as well as men will be recognized in the upcoming years.

The organization determines the selections from names that are submitted by the general public, especially our supporters and readers of the newsletter.  Those names are voted on by the nominating committee of the organization, and submitted for final approval.  Meet the 2016 awardees.

Susan L. Masling – For Her Work in the US Legal System against FGM


Hilary Burrage – For Authoring Two books on FGM


Diane Walsh – For Advocating and Covering FGM Globally


Sando Sherman-Adetunji – For Getting the First Liberian District FGM-free


Kristin Hoffmann – For the Composition and Recording of the Walk to End FGM Anthem


Susan Gibbs – For Her Continued Global Reach in Advocacy for Women’s Rights


Sarah Sisaye – For Continuing to Advocate Education of FGM in the US


Sherelle Carper – For Organizing the Women’s Health Coalition of Women’s Organizations


Missy Crutchfield – For Using Print Media as a Weapon against FGM


Elisabeth Wilson – In Recognition for Continuing to Advocate against FGM in Europe


Andrea Roane – For Being Persistent in Reporting a News Story on FGM in 2015


Amani DeShield – For Being the First Middle School FGM Student Ambassador for GWPF


Godfrey Williams-Okorodus – For Using His Art Work to Fight FGM


Submissions for 2017 awardees will be announced on Social Media and in this newsletter in January 2017.  If you know of someone who is deserving of this recognition award, you may submit the name(s) as of January after the announcement.

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How Can I be a Participant in the Walk to End FGM?

We have received inquiries about how one may register to participate in the Walk to End FGM.  Here are step by step instructions on how to register.  Visit www.globalwomanpeacefoundtion.org, scroll down and click on the reg=but button.  Then click on reg=butand follow the instructions.  The Walk page is simple to navigate.  Here are other ways in which you may get involved:

  • Register as an individual participant
  • Form a team and invite others to join your team and help raise funds
  • Join a team that is already formed
  • Register 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


To volunteer, contact us at info@globalwomanpeacefoundation.org or call 703-818-3787.  Register at reg=but and Walk to End FGM.  Click on the link below to see some highlights of our 2015 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.


How Do I begin if I Want to Participate?

Want to Participate?  Just reg=butand join us! You can now create and manage your own personal page, share your photos, goals and get sponsors. Want to sponsor a participant? Just visit the site more for details.  If you have further questions, please contact info@globalwomanpeacefoundation.org  or visit www.globalwomanpeacefoundation.org.

What are the Walk Options and Schedules? The walk will take place rain or shine.  The ceremony begins at 12:00 noon sharp and the 5K Walk commences at 2:30pm.

What Does Pledging to the Walk Mean, Exactly? If you commit to this event, and pledge to raise money for its success, you are helping to raise money that will be used to help empower women and girls through education to eradicate gender based violence. Female genital mutilation is the intentional removal of the female genitalia for non-medical reasons.  We want it stopped in the world, and most importantly in the United States.  We know that we cannot do this alone. We are seeking partners to join us as we create awareness.  Enjoy the walk and get all the sponsors you can, so when you cross that finish line, we will all be winners – you, and all the survivors of FGM!

How Can My Sponsors Submit Payment? Online contributions can be made by credit card on the participant’s personalized page found on our website at. Just make sure to tell your sponsors to select your name from the list of participants.

What if I am Unable to Raise the Required Funds?  Even if you’ve never raised money before, our materials and strategies will make it easy for you to solicit and collect sponsors from friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, and others. Experience has shown that it is not only possible, but enjoyable, to set and reach your goals.  Sample letters will be provided on your personal fundraising page center, that explains the programs the Walk supports, and you will be surprised to see how quickly friends, family, and co-workers will respond to your request to help this wonderful cause.  Just remember to make it personal as well, as you want them to know that they are sponsoring YOU and YOUR efforts! And, as many companies offer charitable donation matching programs, make sure to ask your sponsors to check with their employers, as it will help you meet your goal ever more quickly.

Are There Other Activities Planned for the Day? We expect to attract more than 2,000 participants, family members and friends and supporters from the community, Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Switzerland and several states in the US.  In addition to the walk, there will be a ceremony prior to the walk, starting at noon.  There will be speakers, entertainment, awards and prizes.

What if I Need Overnight Accommodations?  The official hotel of the Walk to End FGM is the Double Tree by Hilton, Crystal City at 300 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, Virginia 22202.  A special negotiated rate is available when you register for the Walk.  If you call to book your hotel reservations, make sure to ask for the FGM 2016 Walk Room Block rate.  If you book online, make sure you click on the link below to make your room reservations.DoubleTree Logo

Should I Walk Alone or as a Team? Either! Participants can walk alone or create their own team or group to help fund raise.

Is There a Refund/Exchange Policy? Yes. If a donation was made accidentally or for the wrong amount, simply make us aware of the issue and we will be happy to make any necessary refunds, changes or corrections. Registration fees are not refundable.

Will There Be Parking Available?  Parking is available only on the street but it is not guaranteed.  Traveling by Metro is highly recommended.  The nearest metro station is the Smithsonian Metro stop, 2 blocks away from the National Sylvan Theater where the walk site is located.

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Weekly Special Announcements

45 Degrees Project stages their 3rd annual summer performance in both Chicago and Washington, D.C. this August.  Directed by Elana Anderson, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater presents “45 Degrees Project” on August 7th through 13th in Chicago and on August 15th through the 21st Joy of Motion Dance Center presents “45 Degrees Project” on its stage in Washington, D.C. at 1333 H Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002.  For tickets and additional information visit: www.joyofmotion.org.

Vacation without Excision (Vacances San Excision)!  The second annual Vacances San Excision will be held Friday, August 12th and Saturday, August 13th.  Imagine 2 full days of teaching the children (boys and girls) about the enjoyment and safety of vacation.  The first of its kind in the U.S., Inter-Africa Committee (IAC-USA) launched its Vacances San Excision (Vacation without Excision) in August of 2015.  They had great success and decided to make the event an annual one.  Held at 20021 Aircraft Drive, Germantown, Maryland 20874, this camp is expected to provide boys, girls and parents with the knowledge they need for a safe vacation, free of mutilation/cutting (Vacances San Excision).  The camp is free of charge with lunch and refreshments.  Register as many children as you have.  Join us on both days or choose one of the 2 days.

Volunteers Needed:  Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation is in search of volunteers for their 3rd annual Walk to End FGM in the nation’s capital on Saturday, October 15, 2016.  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.  A special registration code will be provided once you have been approved as a volunteer.  If you are interested in being a volunteer for the Walk to End FGM send an email to info@globalwomanpeacefoundation.org  and put in the subject line, “Volunteer”.

Save the Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016.  Plan to join us for the Walk to End FGM 2016.  We will release the list of our speakers later this month.  Registration is now available at www.globalwomanpeacefoundation.org.  Call 703.818.3787 or email info@globalwomanpeacefoundation.org for additional information and volunteer opportunities.  Follow us on Twitter @1Globalwoman and “like” us on FaceBook www.facebook.com/globalwomanpeacefoundation.

Female Mutilation authored by Hilary Burrage has been released in the US and Canada.  The author attended the Inter-African Committee conference on FGM last week in Geneva, where she presented her book Female Mutilation to the crowd.  The book is currently on sale at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation highly recommends Female Mutilation for high school students and anyone who wants to learn more about the practice of FGM/C.  To read the author’s blog about the Inter-African Committee Geneva conference, visit here https://hilaryburrage.com/2016/05/12/un-geneva-my-book-launch-at-the-iac-conference-on-fgm/ and to purchase a copy of the book, visit  http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/female-mutilation-hilary-burrage/1123329211?ean=9781742576077

The guidelines to submit an announcement are to appear in this newsletter:

  • The length of announcement must be no more than a paragraph of 6 lines.
  • Your announcement should be something that pertains to women, girls or students, such as events, walk-a-thons, conferences, etc.
  • If there is an accompanying image, it must be no less than 72 dpi, preferably in jpeg.
  • Your announcement must be received no later than the Thursday 5:00pm prior to the following Tuesday publication.
  • Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation reserves the right to deny a submission if it is not within our guidelines.

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 info@globalwomanpeacefoundation.org.

Can you unscramble the following five words?

This Week’s Scrambled Words







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

SICOVE NALIGAV TULAFIS                                           VESICO VAGINAL FISTULA

WERPANT                                                                           ANTWERP

CANCESVA NAS CISIONEX                                           VACANCES SAN EXCISION

LLIAMSWI-RODUSOKO                                                 WILLIAMS-OKORODUS

“LABAALAB”                                                                      “LABALABA”

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

How You Can Help & Support Us

Here are some of the ways you can help and support our programs in 2016:

  • gofundme
  • Donations (including in-kind donations) globalwomanpeacefoundation.org
  • Partnering (collaborating in one of our programs and/or events)
  • Joining our Internship or Student-Ambassadorship Program
  • Volunteering
  • Donate through employer payroll deduction (through Your Cause, United Way or the government employee giving program)
  • Sign our Petition

The Global Woman Center is Open for Appointments

We are located at 3920 Alton Place, NW, Washington, D.C. 20016.  The hours of operation by appointments only are Wednesday and Saturday 10:00am until 12:30pm.  All appointments and information are held confidential.

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.