The countdown has begun! Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation (GWPF) kicks off its 5th annual Walk to End FGM scheduled for Saturday, October 27th on the Washington National Mall. Started in 2014, Walk to End FGM is a 5K charity walk-A-thon against female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM is the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. Most girls undergo FGM when they are between 5 and 15 years old. Practiced for more than 5 centuries, FGM made its way to Europe, the U.K., Australia and North America due to the continuation of the practice by immigrants from countries where FGM is common.
Mission and Purpose
The mission of our organization is to empower women and girls through education to eradicate gender based violence, with focus on female genital mutilation. The purpose of the Walk to End FGM is to raise awareness about the practice of female genital mutilation. The organization saw the need to educate and inform the public in the U.S. that this heinous and atrocious practice is not only a problem in Africa, Asia and the Middle East; that it is a problem of the world.
The proceeds raised from the Walk to End FGM are used to support the genital restorative surgery of FGM survivors, including counseling and therapy.
According to the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 500,000 girls in the U.S. are either at risk or are living with post-consequences of FGM/C. The states known with the highest numbers are California (56,872), New York (48,418), Minnesota (44,293), Texas (33,087), Maryland (31,820) and Virginia (30,830). The District of Columbia has approximately 4000 women and girls.
Get Involved and Participate
- Form a team and invite others to join your team and help raise funds
- Join a team that is already formed
- Register as an individual participant
- 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
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.