Host an “End FGM Social” – A Chance to Win an Award!

In their efforts to raise further awareness and support of the campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM), Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation is launching “End FGM Social”.  End FGM Social is a way to get communities involved in spreading information about the practice of FGM.

Here is how an End FGM Social works:

  • You tell Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation (GWPF) that you want to host an End FGM Social
  •  A representative from GWPF contacts you and provides the Hosting Guidelines and discusses the details with you
  • You select the program format you would like at your Social (a film on FGM, a PowerPoint presentation on FGM, a discussion or a “talk”
  • You invite your friends, family members, coworkers, colleagues and neighbors to your End FGM Social
  • A GWPF team will travel to your community and do the rest.  We provide the film, the PowerPoint, the discussion or the talk.  We will even bring the refreshments.  We only want you to provide the venue, invite the attendees and get their RSVP’s for a final headcount.  GWPF does the rest.
  • You or your community group become eligible to win “Best End FGM Social of the Year”

As the campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) gains continued recognition in the United States and around the world, Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation invites you to help us share knowledge of the practice with your friends and colleagues.  We feel that a social setting creates a relaxed atmosphere, which adds an ease to the topic of FGM.

We held a pilot End FGM Social last month in a Maryland community, and it was a great success.  At the end of the year, GWPF’s special committee will decide which individual or community group held the best Social of the year; an award will be presented to the winner!  Get in on the campaign to end FGM by hosting a Social.  In President Obama’s speech during his recent visit to East Africa, he chimed in on the campaign, “There’s no excuse for sexual assault or domestic violence, there’s no reason that young girls should suffer genital mutilation, there’s no place in a civilized society for the early or forced marriage of children. These traditions may go back centuries; they have no place in the 21st century.”

If you are interested in letting your voice be heard in the campaign to end FGM, contact us at or call us at 703.818.3787 or you may visit our website at  We look forward to hearing from you and possibly seeing you at your very own “End FGM Social”!

Did You Know…?

Practicing FGM on U.S. soil carries a minimum of five years imprisonment or more.  Transporting girls from the United States to another country with the intention of performing female genital mutilation on them is subject to the same term of imprisonment, and possibly losing custody of your child.  Know the facts and laws surrounding the practice of FGM in the United States.

Register for the Walk to End FGM 2015!


As of this past Friday, we are only three months away from the second annual “Walk to End FGMscheduled for Saturday, October 31, 2015.  The theme for this year’s 5K walk-a-thon is “Medical Perspectives of FGM”.

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[sh_callout callouttype=”standard” title=”This year’s Keynote Speaker is Dr. Marci Bowers” bordercolor=”rgba(0,0,0,0.15)” bordersize=”1px” borderradius=”4px” backgroundcolor=”#fff” fontcolor=”#555″ buttonenable=”disable” buttonbgcolor=”#DD4040″ buttonfontcolor=”#fff” buttontext=”” buttonlink = “” buttonTarget=”_blank” fliptext=”” flipcolor=”#555″ flipbgcolor=”#fff” flipbordercolor=”rgba(0,0,0,0.15)” iconenable=”image” iconfontcolor=”#fff” iconbgcolor=”#DD4040″ icon=” fa fa-glass” iconspin=”disable” image=”” imageheight=”205px” imagewidth=”176px”]She is the leading OB/GYN surgeon in FGM restorative surgeries in the United States. Highly regarded in her field, Dr. Bowers is internationally known for her expertise in pelvic and gynecologic surgeries, most especially her restorative work with survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM). She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School and an OB/GYN product of the University of Washington in Seattle. Since 2007 Dr. Bowers has been an international authority on clitoral reconstruction for women who have suffered Female Genital Mutilation, and is one of few surgeons worldwide performing functional FGM reversal. She is also a regional expert in aesthetic vulvar surgery and has a history of many years in working with gynecologic issues across the full spectrum. She currently has her private practice at the Bay Area Reproductive Healthcare and Surgery in Northern California. As an advocate for women, Dr. Bowers and the organization, Clitoraid, Incorporated recently constructed and opened a hospital in Bobo Dioulasso, Burkina Faso, West Africa. The hospital is the first of its kind on the continent of Africa; it is where women from various countries on the continent can go to seek restorative surgery and proper OB/GYN care after undergoing FGM. Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation is honored to have Dr. Bowers join the many other like-minded organizations that will assemble in the early morning of October 31, 2015 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. She is expected to share with the participants the grave post-FGM affects a young girl suffers, as well as the surgical solution to normalcy of a young woman’s life. The organization anticipates a much larger crowd for this year’s Walk to End FGM as compared to the 2014 walk-a-thon. “It is our goal to triple the number of attendees for 2015”, said a member of this year’s planning committee. The committee has more than forty women’s organizations on its list of invites to the Walk to End FGM 2015.[/sh_callout]

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We urge you to register early and take advantage of the current rate before it increases closer to the date of the walk-a-thon.  Here are the various ways you can participate:

  • * Register  as a walker
  • * Form a team and invite others to join your team
  • * Join a team that has already been formed
  • * Register as a volunteer
  • * Make a donation (if you are unable to attend)
  • * Sponsor a team or an individual walker (contact us for sponsorship packages)
  • * Purchase a Sponsor Display Table (contact us for details)

There are three great prizes this year for the three teams that raise the most funds for the Global Woman Center!  Visit and make your choice from the options!  We look forward to seeing you there!  All proceeds from the walk-a-thon will benefit the Global Woman Center, which helps FGM survivors have their restorative surgeries.

Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.  As such, your contributions are tax deductible to the maximum extent required by law.