IAC-USA Celebrates the Closing of Camp Vacances San Excision

The Inter-African Committee-USA (IAC-USA) celebrated a successful camp last Saturday evening in a closing dinner at the Embassy of Cote d’Ivoire in Washington, D.C.  The dinner was held to celebrate the closing of a two-day summer camp, Vacances San Excision (Holiday without Cutting).

The unisex camp, which ran from August 13th through the 14th, was opened to all immigrant and non-immigrant children in the United States.  The purpose of the camp is to demonstrate to parents and people in the community that summer vacation can be enjoyable by both children and parents without the presence of female genital mutilation/cutting.


Speaking at the dinner Saturday night were the President of IAC-USA, Madam Fatoumata Kande-Kouyate, the Ambassador of the Republic of Guinea, His Excellency Mr. Mamady Conde, Executive Director of Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation, Angela Peabody, Miss Guinea North America, a survivor of FGM/C and the son of a FGM/C survivor.

IAC-USA Dinner - Guinean Ambassador Speaks

IAC-USA Dinner – Guinean Ambassador Speaks

The Guinean Ambassador addressed the President of IAC-USA, “Madam President, the goal that you assigned to yourself and your commitment is the yardstick of the challenge of this thorny issue.”  He continued, “Indeed, I cannot teach you the staggering statistics of the United Nations, that reveal the acuteness of the phenomenon of female genital mutilation on our continent, where nearly 3 million girls are at risk of being potential victims each year, while nearly 92 million other girls with ages exceeding 10 years are already affected in their physical and privacy.”  His Excellency moved the crowd in the room when he emotionally said, “Born in darkness of ignorance on the bottom of societal, cultural or religious pressures, this practice is harmful to women, nowadays needs to be banished from all civilizations with the evolution of the beliefs acquired; I was going to say clichés.”  The Ambassador said that the international community has tirelessly been involved in raising awareness to help combat and banish the practice of FGM/C.  He congratulated IAC-USA and all of their collaborators and partners for their outstanding work.  He ended by assuring IAC-USA, “I am and will always be by your side, to win the bet of this wonderful odyssey that you drive with self-sacrifice and proven leadership.”

IAC-USA Dinner - Mrs. Kouyate Speaks

IAC-USA Dinner – Mrs. Kouyate Speaks

Madam President of IAC-USA, H. Fatoumata Kande was brief and pointed in her speech.  She thanked His Excellency the Ambassador of Ethiopia, Mr. Girma Birru who hosted their first event in 2012 at the compound of the Embassy of Ethiopia.  She also expressed gratitude to His Excellency Ambassador Daouda Diabaté of Côte D’Ivoire for allowing IAC-USA to organize their closing ceremony at his Embassy.  In addressing the Guinean Ambassador and the women of the Guinean Community, she said, “Your Excellency the Ambassador of Guinea, Mamady Condé and the women of the Guinean community, I thank you for your support and commitment in the defense of the rights of women and children.”  She continued in closing, “Facing the serious consequences of female genital mutilation, the child marriage and forced marriage within the African immigrant population during the holidays, Inter-African Committee in the USA has established a huge awareness program for stopping these practices and taking that opportunity to teach our children positive traditional values.”

In certain African societies, the men generally keep quiet about the practice of FGM/C.  However the room was packed with as many men as were women.  The son of a survivor of FGM shared the touching story of how his mother was not only a victim of female genital mutilation but she was a child bride as well.  A survivor from Nigeria shared her personal story of what she encountered as a child with FGM/C.  Angela Peabody expressed the sadness of the news about a ten-year old girl who lost her life only a few days before in Guinea as the result of FGM/C. She reminded the crowd, “We continue to struggle with the consequences of FGM and it is even more reason why the work we have before us has to continue.”  She said that she and her organization will continue to appeal and urge the President of her native Liberia to ban the practice of FGM/C in that country.  She reminded them that little girls are still running for their lives from their would-be circumcisers or they are dying at the blades of their excisors.

As the evening progressed, a convincing skit was played out by actors from the Guinean community, demonstrating how the excisors take the girls through deception to have them cut.  They also showed a skit about the frustrations of a husband who marries a circumcised wife, and she has no physical sexual feelings.  On display were beautiful prints handmade into bedspreads and matching pillowcases, which may be purchased to assist IAC-USA in their campaign against FGM/C.  To purchase any of those items, visit their website at www.iac-usa.org.

Among the guests of the evening were also representatives from Equality Now, Voice of America, the President of the Guinean Women’s Association, the Vice President of Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation, Amie Jallah and several other partners and collaborators of IAC-USA.

IAC-USA Dinner - Angela Peabody Speaks  IAC-USA Dinner - Miss Guinea North America Speaks

IAC-USA Dinner – Angela Peabody Speaks  IAC-USA Dinner – Miss Guinea North America Speaks

IAC-USA Dinner - Angela and Amie

IAC-USA Dinner – Angela and Amie


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 and 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 www.globalwomanpeacefoundation.org 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.


Weekly Special Announcements

Shop Amazon Smile for Back-to-School & Donate to Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation:  As you, our supporters are getting ready to send your kids back to school, we are reminding you to do your back-to-school shopping at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/42-1690778 and Amazon will donate to Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation.  Please support us when you shop for back-to-school items. #StartWithaSmile at https://smile.amazon.com/ch/42-1690778 and Amazon will donate to Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation.  We appreciate your donations and wish you happy shopping!

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45 Degrees Project stages their 3rd annual summer performance in Washington, D.C. Directed by Elana Anderson, 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.

If you need overnight accommodations for the Walk to End FGM…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.  The deadline for making your hotel room reservation is September 14, 2016.    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.

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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.

The book, Female Mutilation authored by Hilary Burrage has been released in the US and Canada.  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

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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

THERAPYSACRE                                                               SACRETHERAPY

THERAPYPSYCHO                                                            PSYCHOTHERAPY

DEOVI                                                                                   VIDEO

TALENM THLEAH                                                            MENTAL HEALTH

VEALE EM EB                                                                    LEAVE ME BE

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 to Begin All New Support Group Meeting

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.