Explaining the Global Woman Awards

Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation (GWPF) wanted to show recognition, respect and appreciation to people who dedicate their time to the campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM), and other injustices against women and girls.  Therefore in October 2015 at the 2nd Walk To End FGM (#walk2endfgm) the organization recognized and awarded several women, including Martha Leslie Allen, Shelby Quast, Aissata Camara, Dr. Marci Bowers, Jaha Dukureh and others for their dedicated work.  The recognition gesture became an annual culture for GWPF; in 2016 some awardees traveled from as far as Switzerland, Belgium, and the U.K. to Washington, D.C. in the U.S. to receive their awards.  Then in 2017 several of the awardees traveled from France, Somaliland, and Germany to be recognized.  Now in 2018 the organization expects some of their awardees from Egypt, the U.K., Iran and various U.S. cities.

In 2016 GWPF awarded the first man, Artist Godfrey Williams-Okorodus for using this art work to advocate against FGM.  In the same year, the Global Woman Awards recognized the first student, Amani DeShield for introducing the campaign against FGM to her Middle School in Hagerstown, Maryland in the U.S.  This category, Student Ambassador was created to encourage students and young people to become involved in the campaign against FGM, while raising awareness about FGM among their peers.  The second man, Virginia State Senator Richard H. Black was recognized last year for his diligence in criminalizing FGM in his state.  Last year in 2017, the organization also created a special Nominating Committee, Chaired by their Vice President, Amie Jallah to nominate and cast votes for the award recipients.  The Nominating Committee is comprised of award recipients from previous years.  The committee is responsible for vetting and nominating individuals who have exemplified performance in the campaign against FGM.

Starting this year, the Global Woman Awards will recognize and award their recipients on Friday evening, October 26, 2018.  In previous years the awards were given out on the day of the Walk To End FGM (#walk2endfgm).  However the organization and the Nominating Committee decided to turn it into a two-day event.  One of the deciding factors was to allow the awardees time to give brief speeches upon receiving their awards.  In previous years the awardees were rushed because the organization needed to begin the walk timely.

The award night is a red carpet event programmed into arrivals on the red carpet, a buffet supper, a silent auction, the screening of a film trailer, In the Name of Your Daughter, awards, and a brief presentation of the work GWPF does in the community to advocate against FGM.  The Milken Institute of Public Health at George Washington University is collaborating with GWPF by accommodating the Global Woman Awards at their auditorium.  The red carpet arrival begins at 6:30pm EST.

In vetting the nominees, the Nominating Committee expects their nominees to possess the following criteria:

Media – This award recipient must use his/her work in the Media through reporting in print, television, radio or social media to help raise awareness about FGM to be eligible to receive the award in the Media Category.

Literary – By writing books, (fiction or nonfiction) textbooks, poetry or any literary work to educate, inform, influence the public and enforce the law about or against FGM; this recipient should have done at least one of these requirements to be eligible to receive the award in the Literary Category.

Legal – An attorney who works with immigrant women and girls of FGM experience is eligible for this award.  Also, an attorney rendering other legal services to help prevent women and girls from FGM would be eligible to receive the award in the Legal Category.

Medical / Health – A medical personnel such as an obstetrician/gynecologist, psychologist, psychoanalyst, nurse, mental health professional, surgeon, etc. who has worked with women and girls that have experienced FGM will be eligible to receive the award in the Medical Category.

Survivor Activist – A woman who has experienced FGM, and has taken her own experience to help other women and girls; by either starting her own campaign against the practice of FGM or working with other organizations and campaigns will be eligible to receive the award in the Survivor Activist Category.

Advocacy – An advocate or activist who works against FGM and is making a difference in the lives of women and girls meets the criteria for this category.

Political – This award recipient does not have to be a politician.  He/she must have helped introduce FGM into law, advocated against FGM in a nation’s government, parliament or congress to be eligible for this award.

Education / Training – A teacher, trainer, professor, counselor, or caretaker who trains and educates the general public about FGM is eligible for an award in this category.

Student Ambassador – A middle school, secondary school or university student who has done something to help raise awareness among his/her peers and within his/her school about FGM is eligible to receive the award in the Student Ambassador Category.

Person of the Year – This category is a new addition this year.  There are people who do a great deal to protect girls and women from various types of violence, including FGM but they might not be eligible for any of the other 9 categories.  This individual must be exceptional in his/her contribution to the campaign against FGM and/or other gender based violence.

The Nominating Committee voted three weeks ago for the final awardees of 2018.  The winners have been counted, and entered into sealed envelopes, not to be opened until the evening of Friday, October 26th.  The organization has ensured that the votes and, securing the final winners were as fair as possible.  According to the categories, here are the 2018 nominees:

Medical / Health – Dr. Ranit Mishori; Dr. Mawaheb El-Mouelhy; Dr. Christina Pallitto

Legal – Attorney Ayodele Gansallo; Barrister Dexter Dias, QC; Asunción Sunny Hostin

Education / Training – Hazel Barrett; Dr. Karen McDonnell; Barbara I. Nowak

Advocacy – Susan McLucas; Bafing Kul (Issa Coulibaly); Tony Mwebia; Adriana Kaplan

Media – Cathy E. Newman; Meagan Fitzgerald; David Indeje

Person of the Year – Alimatu Dimonekene; Dr. Beryl Dorsett; Mrs. Sheila Johnson

Political – Giselle Portenier; Sarah Champion, MP; Rep. Heather W. Sirocki

Survivor Activist – Severina Lemachokoti; Marie Claire Moraldo; Khadija Gbla

Literary – Kameel Ahmady; Rahmah Abdulaleem

Student Ambassador – Marie Akhter; Fatu Drame; Christine Hedstrom

Mariya Gets Award
Arifa Responds to Award

To learn more about those who have been nominated for awards this year, please visit https://www.globalwomanpeacefoundation.org and click on “Register to Walk”, and select “2018 Nominees”.  During your visit to the site, won’t you stop by the Registration page and register to join GWPF for next month’s 2-day event?

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Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation’s 2018 Calendar


  • Reminder to register for the Walk To End FGM – Thursday, September 6th
  • Monthly Workshop – Saturday, September 15th with Lt. Stephen Wallace, Fairfax County
  • Monthly Workshop – Saturday, October 20th with Kerry Sparks
  • Global Woman Awards – Friday, October 26th at 6:30pm
  • Walk To End FGM – Saturday, October 27th at 12:00noon
  • Monthly Workshop – Saturday, November 17th with GWPF Thanksgiving Feast
  • Year-End Board Meeting – Saturday, December 1st
  • Monthly Workshop – Saturday, December 15th with GWPF Holiday Lunch
  • The education toolkit – Now Available and downloadable at https://www.globalwomanpeacefoundation.org/prevention-school-resource-fgm-toolkit/

We will update this 2018 calendar as schedules come in

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NEW report by the AHA Foundation details why we must have zero tolerance for female genital mutilation.  Read about why we hesitate to protect girls here:  https://www.theahafoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Why-we-hesitate-to-protect-girls-from-FGM-in-the-United-States.pdf

From unCUT Voices:  https://uncutvoices.wordpress.com/

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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

TARPERN                                                                               PARTNER

GERESITR                                                                              REGISTER

NOSORSP                                                                               SPONSOR

TEEROVULN                                                                         VOLUNTEER

MEAT                                                                                      TEAM

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 2018:

  • 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)

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.