Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation’s 2019 Calendar


  • Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 28th
  • Black Friday – Friday, November 29th
  • Cyber Monday – Monday, December 2nd
  • Giving Tuesday – Tuesday, December 3rd
  • GWPF Year-End Board Meeting – Saturday, December 7th
  • First day of Winter – Sunday, December 22nd

We will update this 2019 calendar as schedules come in

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GWPF’s Support Group Hosts 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Feast

Next Thursday, November 28th, Americans will celebrate a day of thanksgiving.  The first Thanksgiving is known to have taken place in the year 1621.  It was a feast between the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Tribesmen at Plymouth Colony.  According to Wikipedia, that first Thanksgiving meal consisted of waterfowl, venison (deer), fish, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin, and squash.  The most popular item in next week’s Thanksgiving meal will be turkey.  What sets this holiday apart from others is that it is non-religious and is not restricted to any one ethnicity.  It is the one holiday in America that all religions and all ethnicities, regardless of citizenship come together to celebrate and give thanks.  According to travel agents and airlines throughout the country, Thanksgiving is the heaviest traveled holiday in the United States.  It is when everyone finds his/her way to families or friends to sit down to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, regardless of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or no religion at all.

Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation (GWPF) had barely recovered from their busy 2-day event last month, but they found the time to host a Thanksgiving Feast this past Saturday for their monthly Support Group of FGM survivors.  The Support Group has met every 3rd Saturday of the month since January of 2018.  To date, it is the only support group for FGM survivors in the Washington, D.C. metro area.  GWPF demonstrates care and love for the young women and girls whom they service, by sharing a special meal with them and their families each year.  Attending the feast were board members, Amie Jallah and Angela Peabody, Psychologist and 2019 Global Woman Awardee, Willa Jones, FGM survivors, and GWPF’s intern, Charbene Williams.

The menu comprised of a combination of conventional American Thanksgiving meal and a touch of West African cuisine.  They had a baked roaster, stuffing, baked potato, stewed green beans and tomato, baked salmon and jolof rice.  Jolof rice is a traditional West African dish, originated in the Gambia but most countries in that region have made the popular rice dish a favorite on their special occasion menu.  Dessert was apple and pumpkin pies.

Executive Director, Angela Peabody told the group how when she first suggested a support group a few years ago, Amie Jallah, their Vice President asked her where would they find FGM survivors.  She said, she told her, “If we start it they will contact us.”  She was right; their phone began to ring with women who had experienced FGM.  They realized how much in need of a support group the Washington, D.C. area was.  Peabody told the group that they are now a family, not just a group of women that meet once a month.  She said they are not just candidates for the restorative surgery and therapy.  They make up the family of the organization. GWPF has gained the women’s trust, and it is vital to the organization that the women have confidence in them.  Confidentiality and respect are key factors in servicing them.  Therefore they are not shown in photograph without their approval, and their names are never mentioned without their approval.

The afternoon was pleasant and enjoyable.  Prior to their meal, each person around the table said for what she/he was thankful.  Everyone dined heartily together, laughing, joking and telling stories of years prior.  Peabody said she hopes the support group can continue to give the women the love and care that they need in post-FGM years.

GWPF wants to share with you why the organization is thankful this Thanksgiving.  They are thankful for all of the survivors of FGM who are willing to stand with them in the campaign to end the practice.  They are thankful this year for the success of the 6th annual Walk To End FGM.  They are thankful for their many supporters, partners, donors and sponsors; they are also thankful for each person who stops and takes the time to listen as they explain what FGM is.  They are thankful for the continued partnership of the Milken Institute for Public Health of George Washington University.  They are thankful for the Commonwealth of Virginia and Senator Richard H. Black for supporting their efforts against FGM, and passing legislation year after year against FGM.  They are thankful most especially for you.

As families gather around their dinner tables next Thursday, what will they be grateful for this Thanksgiving?  Has it been a fruitful year for them?  Has it been a year of drought, unemployment, or violence for them and their families?  Or perhaps they overcame a terrible illness, and they’re thankful.  Whatever the reason is for being thankful, let’s think about the injustices around the world that women and girls suffer every day.  Let’s think about the little girls that will be hauled off into the remote bushes on that very day and parts or all of their external genitalia will be excised.  Please think about the more than 200 million women and girls in the world that have been violated through female genital mutilation.

Peabody said that beginning in 2020 the support group will strive to implement various ways to expand its service to additional women in other regions of the U.S.  During this year the support group asked the women to complete a feedback form to help the facilitators of the support group know how to improve their services.  GWPF has taken some of those responses into serious consideration for its 2020 plans.  The group is excited at the prospect of the plans for the upcoming year.

December 3rd is #GivingTuesday.  GWPF asks that you join them in the spirit by supporting the organization and the support group.  When you shop this season on Amazon, please choose Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. as your charity of choice.  As you, GWPF’s supporters make your purchases from, please do so by supporting the organization at: and Amazon will donate to Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation.  Please use #StartWithaSmile.  We appreciate your donations and wish you happy shopping, and a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

GWPF’s Support Group Thanksgiving Feast Table
GWPF Support Group, Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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Weekly Word-Scramble

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Can you unscramble the following five words?

This Week’s Scrambled Words







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

GNIVIGSKNAHT                                           THANKSGIVING

KCALB YADIRF                                             BLACK FRIDAY

SREPPOHS                                                       SHOPPERS

REBYC KEEW                                                 CYBER WEEK

YTIRAHC                                                         CHARITY

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 2019:

  • 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)

Our Programs to Support

Survivor Resettlement Program

  • Asylum Assistance
  • Employment Assistance
  • Permanent Residency Assistance
  • Housing Application Assistance
  • Health Insurance and Living Assistance
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Application
  • Adult Literacy Preparation
  • Grocery & Gasoline Assistance

Wholesome Organic Relief Program

  • Professional Counseling
  • Support Group Workshop
  • Survivor-only Support Group
  • 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
  • Scholarships to Girls in Africa

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