GWPF Prepares for their Virtual October Event

As the countdown to the Global Woman Awards and the Walk To End FGM begins, Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation (GWPF) is busying itself with preparations for their virtual 2-day event.  Today puts the event about 73 days away from Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th.  It has always been GWPF’s hope that the Walk To End FGM would not only raise awareness for Americans, but would become a way to attract FGM survivors to come forward and receive help, and by sharing their stories.  After all, without survivors and at-risk girls, there would not be a need for the Walk To End FGM.  The reason why GWPF does the walk is because of those women, young and old who have experienced FGM, and the girls to whom it can be prevented from happening.  It is all about the women and girls whose lives are affected by this archaic, heinous, atrocious, and unnecessary practice.  The Walk To FGM is far more than a mileage walk or public gathering of speeches and awareness.  It is about getting survivors to live their lives of post-FGM years in safety and confidence, without physical and psychological pain.  It is also about little girls living in safety without the suspense of not knowing when the day arrives for them to be taken away to a cutter.  GWPF wants to see the end to female genital mutilation, when there will no longer be a need for the Walk To End FGM.

In 2015, GWPF decided to honor 11 women who had made a difference in the lives of the women and girls affected by FGM.  The idea became an annual tradition for the Walk To End FGM, and the following year, 12 women and a man were honored.  In 2018, GWPF began a separate day for the Global Woman Awards.  This year, the roster of honorees comprises of 4 men and 6 women, two of whom are a U.S. Congresswoman and a U.S. Congressman.  With this year’s theme being “The Importance of Health, Wellness and Human Life”, two physicians are on the roster, sharing the Medical/Health award.

This year, both the Global Woman Awards and the Walk To End FGM will be held virtually through live stream broadcast.  In order to accommodate the participants and viewers in various time zones around the world, the Global Woman Awards is scheduled at 3:00p.m., Washington, D.C. time, 8:00p.m., London time, and 9:00p.m., Geneva and Frankfurt time.  The Friday afternoon program will be emceed by Tyra Garlington, an international talk show host.  The Keynote Address will be delivered by Lyric Thompson, the Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).  Also speaking that afternoon is Maryum Saifee, a women’s rights activist and FGM survivor, who is the 2019 Global Woman Award recipient in the category of Survivor Activist.  For the first time in the history of the Global Woman Awards, entertainment will be included in the program.  The audience is expected to be serenaded by U.S. Jazz Musician, Benjamin Jackson Caesar, and American Singer, Songwriter and Musician, Antoinette “Butterscotch” Clinton.

Emceed by Linord Moudou, another international talk show host, the pre-walk program on Saturday will begin at 10:00a.m., Washington, D.C. time.  The Keynote Speaker of the morning is Former State Representative of Maine, Heather Sirocki.  Following the program, the audience and participants will be asked to walk in their respective communities and take photos and videos, which they can post to GWPF’s Facebook page.  The organization will later compile a collage of those photos and videos, as a memorial to the year of COVID-19 and the countless of lives affected and lost in 2020.

For more information about the 2-day event, the speakers, emcees, entertainers, and honorees, or to register as a walker or sponsor, please visit the event site at  GWPF is joined this year by a New York organization, SheFFA, so when you register, there is an option to register as a Washington, D.C. walker/supporter or a New York walker/supporter.

August Special Announcements:  Events & Meetings 

Monthly Support Group – Our Support Group will meet this month on Saturday, August 15th at 3:00pm Eastern Time, 2:00pm Central Time, 1:00pm Mountain Time and 12:00noon Pacific Time, via GoToMeeting Conferencing.


Annual Anti-FGM Camp – A Virtual Camp Vacances sans Excision is scheduled this month.  Date and time will be announced by IAC-USA in August.

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

Back to School starts this month.  Please remember to make GWPF your Favorite Charity when you shop at Amazon for your Back to School this month at  In your charitable contributions and donations in 2020, please consider Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation by either through the DONATE BUTTON or by sending a check to Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation, 14001-C St. Germain Drive #453 Centreville, Virginia 20121.  Your generous donations are tax deductible.  Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

How You Can Help & Support Us

Here are some of the ways you can help and support our programs in 2020:

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

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

Please Save these Important Dates

  • Virtual Support Group Meet – Saturday, August 15th
  • Virtual Support Group Workshop – Saturday, September 19th
  • Third Quarter Virtual Board Meeting – Saturday, September 26th
  • Virtual Global Woman Awards – Friday, October 16th
  • Virtual Walk To End FGM – Saturday, October 17th
  • Virtual Support Group Workshop – Saturday, November 21st
  • Year-End Board Meeting – Saturday, December 5th

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

The Education Toolkit – Now Available and Downloadable


Our Programs to Support

Survivor Resettlement Program

  • Asylum Assistance
  • Employment Assistance
  • Permanent Residency Assistance
  • Housing Application Assistance

Wholesome Organic Relief Program

  • Professional Counseling
  • Support Group Workshop
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology (OB/GYN) Support
  • Restorative Surgery Sponsorship
  • Physical Therapy

Kids Reach Shield Program

  • Education & Information
  • Understanding of the Practice
  • Cultural Sensitivity
  • Resources


Just4You Program

  • Sanitary Items Distribution to Girls in Sierra Leone and Liberia
  • Scholarships to Girls in Liberia and Sierra Leone

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