GWPF Secures 2019 Date for Walk to End FGM

Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation (GWPF) has secured the date for their 2019 Walk to End FGM.  The organization announced last week, after confirmation from the National Park Service that they have already secured Saturday, October 19, 2019 for their 2019 5K Walk-A-thon.  This means that the Global Woman Awards will be held on the evening of Friday, October 18, 2019.  Please save those dates.

The National Park Service encourages organizations to reserve their desired event dates for the National Mall in Washington at least a year in advance.  With the Domestic Violence month and Breast Cancer month, October is a highly popular month for events in Washington, D.C.  “While we prefer to walk in the month of October, we also want to avoid a very cold day.”  A representative from the organization remarked.  “The middle of the month is warmer than the end of the month.”  She continued.  “We had been fortunate to have sunny weather in the past 4 years until this year when we encountered brisk winds and torrential rains for our Walk Weekend.”  She explained, “We know that there is nothing we can do about the weather, which is an act of nature, but moving forward, we will have a strategic weather plan in the future.”  The organization is considering the use of tents at the site of the program, and providing umbrellas for all participants.

The Planning Committee of GWPF wants everyone to save and remember the dates, Friday, October 18, 2019 and Saturday, October 19, 2019 for the next Global Woman Awards and the Walk to End FGM respectively.  The organization will begin to announce their speakers as early as March, as they receive confirmation from invited speakers.  The registration and fundraising pages are expected to be launched in January, to give the organization ten full months for registration and fundraising.  Updates will continue through future editions of this newsletter on registrations, team formations, fundraising, sponsorships, speakers, award nominees, etc.

Since 2014 GWPF has hosted their largest awareness raising event each year.  If you were unaware, on November 8, 2014, Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation started the Walk To End FGM on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to raise awareness about female genital mutilation (FGM) in the United States.  The organization was not certain of how the idea of such an event would be received, but it was encouraging after a great turnout in 2014.  It was then that the decision was made to make it an annual event.  The awareness-raising and fundraising event has enjoyed success each year.

Three years ago someone approached GWPF about hosting the Walk To End FGM in London.  While the organization welcomed the idea, they decided to revisit the possibility of holding the event in other cities only after they had held it in Washington for five consecutive years.  Now that GWPF has just hosted their fifth 5K Walk last month in Washington, D.C., someone else has expressed interest in hosting the Walk To End FGM in a city in Germany.  If this does occur, the event would take place simultaneously in both Washington, D.C. and a city in Germany on the same day, in spite of the time difference.  Talks of logistics are still going on, and when plans are finalized, an announcement will be made.  Another person has expressed interest in hosting the Walk To End FGM in Bordeaux, France in the future.  It appears that the Walk To End FGM has certainly peaked an international interest.  GWPF will keep you informed and updated on the progress of these possible cities.  Stay tuned.

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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

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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

YNAMREG

ECNARF

EVAS EHT ETAD (3 WORDS)

KLAW OT DNE MGF (4 WORDS)

FPWG

 

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

ETOV                                                                                        VOTE

NEZITIC                                                                                  CITIZEN

DEZILARUTAN                                                                     NATURALIZED

TNARGIMMI                                                                          IMMIGRANT

NOITARTSIGER                                                                    REGISTRATION

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

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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.

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