2018 in Review & A Glimpse at 2019

This will be the last edition of the Global Woman Newsletter this year.  Global Woman Newsletter wishes you a wonderful holiday season, and look forward to informing you in the New Year.

In the final edition of the Global Woman Newsletter in the year 2018, Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation (GWPF) takes this opportunity to extend their sincere gratitude for the support you, their supporters have given them this year.  They use this special edition to review 2018 and take a peek into their 2019 plans.

During the holiday season more than ever, our thoughts turn gratefully to those of you who have made our progress possible.  And in this spirit we say, simply but sincerely, thank you and best wishes for the Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.

A Synopsis of 2018

  • Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation began the year with the kick-off of their Support Group Workshop, a component of their Wholesome Organic Relief Program. The Support group grew each month, and became popular as a monthly event.  Their guest speakers ranged from physical therapists, psychologists, a survivor of FGM, to a gynecologist, an urologist, and a couple of FBI agents.
  • GWPF continued to build a productive relationship with the Milken Institute for Public Health at George Washington University in a practicum. One student researched and compiled a special training manual for law enforcement, while another assisted in the design of the GWPF new website.
  • Early in the year, members of GWPF traveled to Richmond, Virginia twice within a two-week period to testify before the Senate Committee on Crime and before the Senate Budget Committee. The purpose of those testimonies was to amend the FGM state law from a misdemeanor to a class 2 felony.  The Bill 47 was successfully passed, and the Governor signed it into law on July 1st.
  • Under their Survivor Resettlement Program, GWPF assisted a survivor of FGM in obtaining her asylum in the U.S. They also assisted the same survivor in obtaining a job.  GWPF currently has asylum pending for 3 FGM survivors.  This program was implemented in 2018.
  • GWPF had the opportunity to attend and present at the United Nations Women’s sixty-second Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) for the first time.
  • Under their prevention program, Kids Reach Shield, GWPF launched a special training for law enforcement. They also had opportunities to train school nurses on FGM.
  • Attended by people from 4 different continents, the Global Woman Awards was held on Friday, October 26 They hosted the first stand-alone awards ceremony this year.  In the past, their awards had been on the same day of their 5K Walk.
  • GWPF hosted their 5th consecutive Walk To End FGM on October 27th.
  • GWPF collaborated with #Happy Period and the Northern Virginia Business & Professional Women’s Club in a feminine napkin drive for girls in Sierra Leone. To date, they have collected close to 3500 feminine napkins.
  • The Foundation welcomed 3 new board members this year.

A Sneak Peek into 2019

  • GWPF plans to launch the 2019 registration for their Walk To End FGM in January of 2019. Watch out for the announcement in the New Year.
  • The monthly Support Group Workshop will continue in 2019 but with an expansion nationwide. Through technology, survivors of FGM will have the opportunity to join the conversation, and receive support from the group.  Due to the privacy and confidentiality of the group, if you are interested in calling in to the group, please contact GWPF privately at (703) 818-3787 or info@globalwomanpeacefoundation.org and write “Support Group” in the subject line.  For those who have already expressed interest, please listen out for personal invites and announcements.
  • Please check out 2019 calendar for additional information and activities.



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


  • Panel Discussion on Female Genital Mutilation in Africa – Tuesday, December 18th
  • Arlington Police receives FGM Training Presentation – Tuesday, January 15th
  • Monthly Support Group Workshop – Saturday, January 19th
  • International Day of Zero Tolerance – Wednesday, February 6th
  • Monthly Support Group Workshop – Saturday, February 16th
  • United Nations CSW63 – March 11th – 22nd
  • Monthly Support Group Workshop – Saturday, March 16th
  • Global Woman Awards – Friday, October 18th
  • Walk To End FGM – Saturday, October 19th
  • The education toolkit – Now Available and downloadable at https://www.globalwomanpeacefoundation.org/prevention-school-resource-fgm-toolkit/

We will update this 2019 calendar as schedules come in

This section is for special announcements.  If you have an announcement you would like to run in this section, please follow these guidelines.

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/

The guidelines to submit an announcement to appear in this newsletter:

  • The length of announcement must be no more than a paragraph of 6 lines.
  • Your announcement is free of any charges.
  • Your announcement should be something that pertains to women, girls or students, such as events, walk-a-thons, conferences, etc.
  • If there is an accompanying image, it must be no less than 72 dpi, preferably in jpeg.
  • Your announcement must be received no later than the Thursday 5:00pm prior to the following Tuesday publication.
  • Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation reserves the right to deny a submission if it is not within our guidelines.


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

DRAOB FO SROTCERID                                           DIRECTORS OF BOARD

ASIL TTERB                                                                LISA BRETT

A.F. ELOC                                                                    F.A. COLE

TESREMOS ECILOP                                                   SOMERSET POLICE

ARREIS ENOEL                                                          SIERRA LEONE

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.