WE ARE ONLY 24 DAYS AWAY FROM “WALK TO END FGM”

With only 24 days to the Walk To End FGM (#walk2endfgm) and the Global Woman Awards, we urge you to register at your earliest convenience.  The time is escaping from us.  Register below and be a part of a memorable event of its 7th year.

 

Global Woman Awards – Friday afternoon, October 16, 2020:

We will collaborate with SheFFA Foundation and George Washington University in collectively honoring 5 women, 4 men and a secondary school student.  They will receive the Global Woman Award in 9 different categories.  Two physicians will share the Medical/Health Award this year, while a U.S. Congressman and a Congresswoman will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lisa C. Bruch Woman of the Year Award, respectively. To read about our honorees, visit our link below.

Friday Itinerary:  3:00p.m. Global Woman Awards, Keynote Speech from Lyric Thompson of ICRW, a speech from Maryum Saifee, and musical entertainment from vocalist “Butterscotch” and jazz vocalist and musician, Benjamin Caesar.

Friday afternoon emcee:  Tyra Garlington, International Talk Show Host

Friday Location:  Virtual Zoom livestream broadcast – link and e-program will be provided on October 1st – 2nd.

 

Walk To End FGM – Saturday morning, October 17, 2020:

Former Maine State Representative, Heather Sirocki is our Keynote Speaker of the day, and we will be joined by guitarist and vocalist, Royce Lovett, who will serenade us before we take to the streets in our respective communities to safely walk, observing the social distancing requirements.  We hope you will join us. To read about our 2020 speakers and entertainers, visit our link below.

Saturday Itinerary:  Pre-walk program starts at 10:00a.m. – the walk starts at 11:30a.m. Please take photos and/or videos of you walking and post them to our Facebook page.  We will compile a collage in memory of the year 2020 when our lives changed, and every life that was lost to COVID-19.

Saturday morning emcee:  Linord Moudou, International Talk Show Host

Saturday Location:  Virtual Zoom livestream broadcast – link and e-program will be provided the first week of October.

Special Saturday Prizes to:  Teams that raise the 3 highest amounts.  Competing in the Top 3 spots are Team Jacqui Olkin, Team NANBPWC 2020, and Team End FGM By 2030.  It is not too late to form a team or join one.  Get in on the competition!

 

Ways to 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
  • 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

 

Contact us at info@globalwomanpeacefoundation.org or call 703-832-2642.  Register below and Walk To End FGM.

Don’t Miss Out!!!

********We are reminding you to register if you have not done so******** 

The proceeds raised from the Walk To End FGM are used to support the mental and physical health of survivors of FGM/C, including group and one-on-one counseling. Proceeds will also help keep Liberian and Sierra Leone girls in school to prevent them from undergoing FGM/C. To read about our 4 programs visit our link below.

Thank You for Your Support!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WE ARE ONLY 31 DAYS AWAY FROM “WALK TO END FGM”

With only 31days to the Walk To End FGM (#walk2endfgm) and the Global Woman Awards, we urge you to register at your earliest convenience.  Register at below and be a part of a memorable event of its 7th year.

Global Woman Awards – Friday afternoon, October 16, 2020:

We will collaborate with SheFFA Foundation and George Washington University in collectively honoring 5 women, 4 men and a secondary school student.  They will receive the Global Woman Award in 9 different categories.  Two physicians will share the Medical/Health Award this year, while a U.S. Congressman and a Congresswoman will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lisa C. Bruch Woman of the Year Award, respectively. To read about our honorees, visit https://www.wizathon.com/walk2endfgm/?id=4945.

Friday Itinerary:  3:00p.m. Global Woman Awards, Keynote Speech from Lyric Thompson of ICRW, a speech from Maryum Saifee, and musical entertainment from vocalist “Butterscotch” and jazz vocalist and musician, Benjamin Caesar.

Friday afternoon emcee:  Tyra Garlington, International Talk Show Host

Friday Location:  Virtual Zoom livestream broadcast – link and e-program will be provided on October 1st – 2nd.

 

Walk To End FGM – Saturday morning, October 17, 2020:

Former Maine State Representative, Heather Sirocki is our Keynote Speaker of the day, and we will be joined by guitarist and vocalist, Royce Lovett, who will serenade us before we take to the streets in our respective communities to safely walk, observing the social distancing requirements.  We hope you will join us. To read about our 2020 speakers and entertainers, visit https://www.wizathon.com/walk2endfgm/?id=4946.

Saturday Itinerary:  Pre-walk program starts at 10:00a.m. – the walk starts at 11:30a.m. Please take photos and/or videos of you walking and post them to our Facebook page.  We will compile a collage in memory of the year 2020 when our lives changed, and every life that was lost to COVID-19.

Saturday morning emcee:  Linord Moudou, International Talk Show Host

Saturday Location:  Virtual Zoom livestream broadcast – link and e-program will be provided the first week of October.

Special Saturday Prizes to:  Teams that raise the 3 highest amounts

 

Ways to 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
  • 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

 

Contact us at info@globalwomanpeacefoundation.org or call 703-832-2642.  Register below and Walk To End FGM.

Don’t Miss Out!!!

********We are reminding you to register if you have not done so******** 

The proceeds raised from the Walk To End FGM are used to support the mental and physical health of survivors of FGM/C, including group and one-on-one counseling. Proceeds will also help keep Liberian and Sierra Leone girls in school to prevent them from undergoing FGM/C. To read about our 4 programs visit https://www.wizathon.com/walk2endfgm/?id=4940.

 

Thank You for Your Support!

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.

 

 

 

 

 

WE ARE ONLY 39 DAYS AWAY FROM “WALK TO END FGM”

With only 39 days to the Walk To End FGM (#walk2endfgm) and the Global Woman Awards, we urge you to register at your earliest convenience.  Register at https://www.wizathon.com/walk2endfgm/, and be a part of a memorable event of its 7th year.

 

Global Woman Awards – Friday afternoon, October 16, 2020:

We will collaborate with SheFFA Foundation and George Washington University in collectively honoring 5 women, 4 men and a secondary student.  They will receive the Global Woman Award in 9 different categories.  Two physicians will share the Medical/Health Award this year, while a U.S. Congressman and a Congresswoman will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Lisa C. Bruch Woman of the Year Award, respectively.

Friday Itinerary:  3:00p.m. Global Woman Awards, Keynote Speech from Lyric Thompson of ICRW, a speech from Maryum Saifee, and musical entertainment from vocalist “Butterscotch” and jazz vocalist and musician, Benjamin Caesar.

Friday afternoon emcee:  Tyra Garlington, International Talk Show Host

Friday Location:  Virtual Zoom livestream broadcast – link and e-program will be provided on October 1st – 2nd.

 

Walk To End FGM – Saturday morning, October 17, 2020:

Former Maine State Representative, Heather Sirocki is our Keynote Speaker of the day, and we will be joined by guitarist and vocalist, Royce Lovett, who will serenade us before we take to the streets in our respective communities to safely walk, observing the social distancing requirements.  We hope you will join us.

Saturday Itinerary:  Pre-walk program starts at 10:00a.m. – the walk starts at 11:30a.m. Please take photos and/or videos of you walking and post them to our Facebook page.  We will compile a collage in memory of the year 2020 when our lives changed, and every life that was lost to COVID-19.

Saturday morning emcee:  Linord Moudou, International Talk Show Host

Saturday Location:  Virtual Zoom livestream broadcast – link and e-program will be provided the first week of October.

Special Saturday Prizes to:  Teams that raise the 3 highest amounts

 

Ways to 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
  • 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

 

Contact us at info@globalwomanpeacefoundation.org or call 703-832-2642.  Register below and Walk To End FGM.

 

Don’t Miss Out!!!

********We are reminding you to register if you have not done so******** 

The proceeds raised from the Walk To End FGM are used to support the mental and physical health of survivors of FGM/C, including group and one-on-one counseling. Proceeds will also help keep Liberian and Sierra Leone girls in school to prevent them from undergoing FGM/C.

 

Thank You for Your Support!

 

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.

 

 

 

WE ARE ONLY 45 DAYS AWAY FROM “WALK TO END FGM”

With only 45 days to the Walk To End FGM (#walk2endfgm), we urge you to register at your earliest convenience.  Register at https://www.wizathon.com/walk2endfgm/, and be a part of a memorable event of its 7th year.  Join us on Friday afternoon, October 16th when we collaborate with SheFFA Foundation and George Washington University in collectively honoring 5 women, 4 men and a student.  They will receive the Global Woman Award in 9 different categories.  Then on Saturday, October 17th, Former Maine State Representative, Heather Sirocki is our Keynote Speaker of the day, and you will hear from a guitarist and vocalist, Royce Lovett, who will serenade us as we take to the streets in our respective communities to safely walk, observing the social distancing requirements.  Won’t you join us?

 

When:  2-day event – Friday, October 16th & Saturday, October 17, 2020.

Friday Itinerary: 3:00p.m.Global Woman Awards, Keynote Speech from Lyric Thompson of ICRW, a speech from Maryum Saifee, and entertainment from vocalist “Butterscotch” and Jazz vocalist and musician, Benjamin Caesar.

Saturday Itinerary: 10:00a.m. Pre-walk program; Walk starts at 11:30a.m.

Friday Afternoon Emcee:  Tyra Garlington, International Talk Show Host

Saturday Morning Emcee:  Linord Moudou, International News & Talk Show Host

Special Saturday Prizes to:  Teams that raise the 3 highest amounts

Friday Location: Virtual event by Zoom livestream broadcast.  Event link and e-program will be sent to you the first week of October.

Saturday Location:  Virtual event by Zoom livestream broadcast.  Event link and e-program will be sent to you the first week of October.

 

Ways to 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
  • 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

 

Contact us at info@globalwomanpeacefoundation.org or call 703-832-2642.  Register below and Walk To End FGM.

 

Don’t Miss Out!!!

********We are reminding you to register if you have not done so******** 

The proceeds raised from the Walk To End FGM are used to support the mental and physical health of survivors of FGM/C, including group and one-on-one counseling. Proceeds will also help keep Liberian and Sierra Leone girls in school to prevent them from undergoing FGM/C.

 

Thank You for Your Support!

 

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.

 

 

WITH 60 DAYS TO “WALK TO END FGM” LET’S REGISTER!!

The countdown is on!  Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation (GWPF) kicks off its 7th annual Walk to End FGM scheduled for Saturday, October 17th on the Zoom Livestream Platform at 10:00a.m.Washington, DC time. Started in 2014, Walk to End FGM is a charity walk-A-thon against female genital mutilation (FGM).  This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the walk will be held virtually. We ask that you visit the site and register at https://www.wizathon.com/walk2endfgm, and decide how many miles or kilometers you will walk, and get friends and family to either join your team or sponsor you by matching a dollar amount to your number of miles or kilometers.

The pre-walk program will be broadcast via Zoom livestream, with a Keynote Speech by Helen Sirocki, Former State Representative of Maine.  During her years as State Representative, Sirocki advocated relentlessly for the criminalization of FGM in her state.  Unfortunately, Maine remains one of the few U.S. states where FGM is lawful.  In addition to our keynote speech, you will be entertained by Guitarist and Vocalist, Royce Lovett from the television show, The Voice.  Emceeing the morning is Linord Moudou from VIP with Linord. During the program, we will announce the top 3 fundraising teams before you will be asked to go out and walk in your respective communities.  If you already have a Walk To End FGM shirt, please wear it. If you don’t, please feel free to wear anything.  Remember to take pictures and/or videotape of yourself walking and post them on GWPF’s Facebook page.  We will later create a collage in remembrance of this year, and all the lives lost to COVID-19.  You do not want to miss being a part of this memorable event.

Mission and Purpose

The mission of our organization is to empower women and girls through education to eradicate gender based violence, especially female genital mutilation.  The purpose of the Walk to End FGM is to raise awareness about the practice of female genital mutilation and raise funds to support our programs.  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.

 

Proceeds

The proceeds raised from the Walk to End FGM are used to support the programs for the rehabilitation of FGM survivors and the prevention of FGM on girls.  To learn more about our programs, please visit

Statistics

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.  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
  • 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

 

Our Sponsors and Partners

This event is sponsored by Giant Food, Inc. and Wegmans.  Our active partners are SheFFA and George Washington University.

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.

 

GWPF Prepares for their Virtual October Event

As the countdown to the Global Woman Awards and the Walk To End FGM begins, Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation (GWPF) is busying itself with preparations for their virtual 2-day event.  Today puts the event about 73 days away from Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th.  It has always been GWPF’s hope that the Walk To End FGM would not only raise awareness for Americans, but would become a way to attract FGM survivors to come forward and receive help, and by sharing their stories.  After all, without survivors and at-risk girls, there would not be a need for the Walk To End FGM.  The reason why GWPF does the walk is because of those women, young and old who have experienced FGM, and the girls to whom it can be prevented from happening.  It is all about the women and girls whose lives are affected by this archaic, heinous, atrocious, and unnecessary practice.  The Walk To FGM is far more than a mileage walk or public gathering of speeches and awareness.  It is about getting survivors to live their lives of post-FGM years in safety and confidence, without physical and psychological pain.  It is also about little girls living in safety without the suspense of not knowing when the day arrives for them to be taken away to a cutter.  GWPF wants to see the end to female genital mutilation, when there will no longer be a need for the Walk To End FGM.

In 2015, GWPF decided to honor 11 women who had made a difference in the lives of the women and girls affected by FGM.  The idea became an annual tradition for the Walk To End FGM, and the following year, 12 women and a man were honored.  In 2018, GWPF began a separate day for the Global Woman Awards.  This year, the roster of honorees comprises of 4 men and 6 women, two of whom are a U.S. Congresswoman and a U.S. Congressman.  With this year’s theme being “The Importance of Health, Wellness and Human Life”, two physicians are on the roster, sharing the Medical/Health award.

This year, both the Global Woman Awards and the Walk To End FGM will be held virtually through live stream broadcast.  In order to accommodate the participants and viewers in various time zones around the world, the Global Woman Awards is scheduled at 3:00p.m., Washington, D.C. time, 8:00p.m., London time, and 9:00p.m., Geneva and Frankfurt time.  The Friday afternoon program will be emceed by Tyra Garlington, an international talk show host.  The Keynote Address will be delivered by Lyric Thompson, the Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).  Also speaking that afternoon is Maryum Saifee, a women’s rights activist and FGM survivor, who is the 2019 Global Woman Award recipient in the category of Survivor Activist.  For the first time in the history of the Global Woman Awards, entertainment will be included in the program.  The audience is expected to be serenaded by U.S. Jazz Musician, Benjamin Jackson Caesar, and American Singer, Songwriter and Musician, Antoinette “Butterscotch” Clinton.

Emceed by Linord Moudou, another international talk show host, the pre-walk program on Saturday will begin at 10:00a.m., Washington, D.C. time.  The Keynote Speaker of the morning is Former State Representative of Maine, Heather Sirocki.  Following the program, the audience and participants will be asked to walk in their respective communities and take photos and videos, which they can post to GWPF’s Facebook page.  The organization will later compile a collage of those photos and videos, as a memorial to the year of COVID-19 and the countless of lives affected and lost in 2020.

For more information about the 2-day event, the speakers, emcees, entertainers, and honorees, or to register as a walker or sponsor, please visit the event site at https://www.wizathon.com/walk2endfgm.  GWPF is joined this year by a New York organization, SheFFA, so when you register, there is an option to register as a Washington, D.C. walker/supporter or a New York walker/supporter.

August Special Announcements:  Events & Meetings 

Monthly Support Group – Our Support Group will meet this month on Saturday, August 15th at 3:00pm Eastern Time, 2:00pm Central Time, 1:00pm Mountain Time and 12:00noon Pacific Time, via GoToMeeting Conferencing.

 

Annual Anti-FGM Camp – A Virtual Camp Vacances sans Excision is scheduled this month.  Date and time will be announced by IAC-USA in August.

Make Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation Your Favorite Charity in 2020

Back to School starts this month.  Please remember to make GWPF your Favorite Charity when you shop at Amazon for your Back to School this month at smile.amazon.com.  In your charitable contributions and donations in 2020, please consider Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation by either through the DONATE BUTTON or by sending a check to Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation, 14001-C St. Germain Drive #453 Centreville, Virginia 20121.  Your generous donations are tax deductible.  Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

How You Can Help & Support Us

Here are some of the ways you can help and support our programs in 2020:

  • Donations (including in-kind donations) globalwomanpeacefoundation.org
  • 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)

Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation’s 2020 Calendar

Please Save these Important Dates

  • Virtual Support Group Meet – Saturday, August 15th
  • Virtual Support Group Workshop – Saturday, September 19th
  • Third Quarter Virtual Board Meeting – Saturday, September 26th
  • Virtual Global Woman Awards – Friday, October 16th
  • Virtual Walk To End FGM – Saturday, October 17th
  • Virtual Support Group Workshop – Saturday, November 21st
  • Year-End Board Meeting – Saturday, December 5th

We will update the preceding calendar as events develop during the Year

The Education Toolkit – Now Available and Downloadable

 

Our Programs to Support

Survivor Resettlement Program

  • Asylum Assistance
  • Employment Assistance
  • Permanent Residency Assistance
  • Housing Application Assistance

Wholesome Organic Relief Program

  • Professional Counseling
  • Support Group Workshop
  • 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 to Girls in Sierra Leone and Liberia
  • Scholarships to Girls in Liberia and Sierra Leone

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

GWPF ANNOUNCES THEIR 2020 GLOBAL WOMAN AWARDEES

As Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation celebrates its 10th year anniversary, the Nominating and Planning Committees are pleased to announce their 2020 Global Woman Awards Honorees.  All of these awardees have confirmed their participations, and have accepted their nominations.  The Global Woman Awards will be held on Friday, October 16, 2020 in a virtual live stream broadcast at 3:00pm, Washington, D.C. and New York Time.  Please check the time in your local time zone for the accurate time.

Here are the 2020 Honorees:

Lisa C. Bruch Woman of the Year Award: 

U.S. Congresswoman, Sheila Jackson Lee

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee

Lifetime Achievement Award:     

U.S. Congressman, Gerald E. Connolly

Congressman Gerald E. Connolly

Advocacy Award:    

Ms. Purity Soinato Oiyie

Purity Soinato Oiyie

Education / Training Award: 

Prof. Donald A. Strong, BS, MBA, MPH

Donald A. Strong

Survivor Activist Award: 

Ms. Ifrah Ahmed

Ifrah Ahmed

Student Ambassador Award: 

Miss Marin Hoang

Marin Hoang

Man of the Year Award:  

Mr. Alexander Adams

Alexander Adams

Policy-Making / Legal Award: 

Attorney Jeanne Smoot

Jeanne Smoot

Medical / Health Award:   

Dr. Sohail Rana

Dr. Sohail Rana

In October 2015 Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation launched the Global Woman Awards, to recognize the exceptional work of individuals in the advocacy of the empowerment of women and girls.  The Nominating and Planning Committees realized that there are people who do a great deal to protect girls and women from various types of violence, including female genital mutilation (FGM), but their efforts and work go unrecognized.  When the Foundation began to recognize Awardees, only a framed paper certificate was given to the 2015 and 2016 Honorees.  In 2017, they graduated to a walnut plaque, and in 2018, the plaque was improved to an 8×10 personalized walnut plaque with gold trimmings, and the GWPF logo with the name of the Awardee, the category, and date inscribed on a gold plate.

Please visit the event registration site to read about these distinguished 2020 Honorees at

Feel free to register for the 2-day event during your visit to the site.

Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation congratulates their 9 Honorees of 2020!

 

Special Feature of the Month

Coping with Life-Changes: A Special Message by A. M. Peabody

Happy belated Fourth!  I hope it was happy for most of us, considering the challenging time in which we find ourselves.  I have been intending to prepare a statement from the time we were restricted back in March, due to COVID-19, but I hesitated.  The COVID-19 pandemic took us by surprise, and left us racing to the stores, emptying the shelves, and not knowing what to do with ourselves, our children, and spouses.  Women worried about not getting their hair and nails done, while men resorted to working out in their homes, in the absence of gym visits.  As the COVID-19 cases spiked, so did cases of Domestic Violence. Couples’ tempers flared, as they got on each other’s nerves. And just as we began to warm up to the idea of those restrictions, an old type of tyrant raised its ugly head – racial tension.

For those of us who have survived civil wars, a bloody coup d’etat, rice riots, Ebola outbreaks, etc. we found it a bit easier to adjust to the restrictions.  During the Liberian 1980 coup d’etat, we were under 24-hour curfew, and later it was downgraded to dusk-to-dawn curfew.  The COVID-19 restrictions took me back to the 1980 military curfews in Liberia.  Of course in 1980, we did not have the luxury of time to run to the stores and empty the shelves.

So I decided to do this piece around Independence Day.  The one commonality which all immigrants to America share is that either they or their ancestors all came from another country, in search of a dream; and that includes the very first settlers to the U.S.  The Pilgrims arrived in the United States in the early 1600s, in search of religious freedom, while other arrivals sought economic opportunity.  Whether you came to the U.S. through Ellis Island, J.F. Kennedy Airport, Miami International Airport, Dulles International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport, swam or walked across the border, you or your ancestors came due to a reason and with a purpose.  There are the Native American Indians who were here prior to the Settlers.  Let’s not forget that the slaves came unwillingly, not in search of anything at all.  I am among the first generation to immigrate to the U.S. in my family.  We came 40 years ago, in search of safety after we had survived one of Africa’s bloodiest military overthrows of government, a coup d’etat.  Whether you are a descendent of the early settlers, a descendent of the unwilling slaves, or a more recent settler, we are all here in this vast country that promises freedom, liberty and an American dream.  We are all Americans.

Two Hundred and Forty-Four (244) years ago on July 4th, thirteen colonies (Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island) decided they no longer wanted to be a part of the British Empire, declared themselves a nation of the United States of America.  Be mindful that those who signed the Declaration of Independence were immigrants as well; they or their ancestors had come to this land, where only American Indians resided at the time.  They came in search of freedom, safety, enterprise, etc.  As time progressed, the faces of immigrants to the U.S. changed from the look of the early settlers to Africans, Asians and Middle Easterners.

So who is a real American, and what does a real American look like?  One of the things that make this country beautiful is the diversity of faces, cultures, accents, and languages.  You see, I was born and grew up in a country where mostly everyone looked like me.  The President and all officials of Liberia looked like me.  Aside from the people at the European, American, and Latin American Embassies, whom we did not see every day, everyone basically was of the same race.  Years later when I came to America for further studies, I observed that my schoolmates and colleagues frequently pointed out that I did not look like an African.  My question always was, “What does an African look like?”  Obviously, they had their own misconceptions of what Africans were supposed to look like.  But never once, did I say to them, “You don’t look like an American.”  Like Americans, Africans are a diverse group of people.  The North Africans have a different look from Sub-Saharan Africans, and even Sub-Saharan Africans have diverse looks. Once when I got into a debate with a Caucasian American, he told me, “Go back to where you came from.”  I politely told him, “At least I know where to go back – do you?”  That ended the debate.

According to Webster, the meaning of independence is sovereignty, liberty and freedom.  I interpret that to mean, the sovereignty and freedom for all immigrants, regardless of their place of origin, their color of skin, when they arrived or their port of entry.  The author of the Declaration of Independence wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights; that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”  Notice the line, “That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights”.  All people of this country are entitled to those unalienable Rights, and that includes all immigrants; that includes me, my children, my grandchildren, and the women whom our Foundation services.  Let’s learn to look beyond the shades of each other, and learn to love instead.

The day I raised my right hand to take the oath of citizenship of the United States, I did not just take the words for granted.  I knew I had earned my citizenship, and I was proud to be an American.  I recall returning from a trip the first time I traveled out of the country with my American passport.  The Immigration Officer stamped my passport and said, “Welcome home.”  If you do not know, there is a difference when you enter with a foreign passport versus entering with an American passport.  So the next time you, as an American tell another American to go back to where he/she came from, please rethink that statement before uttering those words.  Ask yourself, “Where did I come from?”

Disclaimer:  The thoughts and ideas expressed in the preceding statement are those clearly of the author, A.M. Peabody, and not necessarily those of the organization, Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation.

July Special Announcements:  Events & Meetings 

Global Woman Awards

Due to the restrictions of COVID-19 and social distancing, this year’s event Global Woman Awards will be held virtually through livestream broadcast on Friday, October 16th at 3:00pm, Washington, D.C. / New York Time.  The Board of Directors of Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation (GWPF) decided to plan for a virtual 2-day event this year, in lieu of the usual in-person event.  Planning for the 2-day event takes several months, and since there is no set date in the foreseeable future of the country returning to normal public gathering, GWPF has decided to plan for a virtual event.  GWPF cares about the health and safety of their supporters and participants therefore we will feel more comfortable in a virtual event.

With only 100 days left before the livestream broadcast of the Global Woman Awards, GWPF invites you to join them on Friday afternoon / evening, October 16th to support their 2020 Awardees, and their survivor and prevention programs.  The evening is expected to be emceed by Tyra Garlington, local, national and international talk show host of Frankly Speaking.  You will hear speeches from Keynote of the day, Lyric Thompson, Senior Director of Policy and Advocacy at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW) and from Maryum Saifee, a women’s rights activist and leading voice in the movement to advance gender equality and in particular, bring about an end to Female Genital Mutilation. Nine Awards will be given to deserving men and women in the categories of Lifetime Achievement, Education/Training, Advocacy, Survivor Activist, Man of the Year, Student Ambassador, Policy-Making/Legal, Medical/Health, and Lisa C. Bruch Woman of the Year.  This year, they will even have entertainment from Jazz Artist, Benjamin Jackson Caesar, America’s Got Talent Singer, Antoinette “Butterscotch” Clinton, and Grammy Nominated R&B Artist, Cyrus DeShield.  Don’t miss out on the Raffle items either!

Remember to register at:

Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2020 Awardees, and more exciting news in this month.

Walk To End FGM

Registration is officially open, effective immediately.  As with the Global Woman Awards, Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation (GWPF) will hold the Walk To End FGM as a virtual event.  Perhaps you wonder, “How will a walk be virtually held?”  In this COVID-19 pandemic, the world has witnessed in-person meetings, parties, worship services, and other events transform into virtual livestream broadcasts.  Instead of the usual annual 5K Walk, this year’s walkers may choose the number of miles or kilometers they plan to walk, and have their local merchants sponsor them, by matching their miles or kilometers to a dollar amount. Participants are asked to walk in their local communities, take photos or videos and send them in to GWPF to be posted to Social Media and the website.  The pre-Walk To End FGM program will be held on Saturday, October 17th at 10:00am. The Keynote of the day is Heather Sirocki, for State Representative of Maine, and an advocate against the practice of FGM.  Every effort will be made to have everything we have done, annually since 2014, with the exception of physically walking together.  So please register, form a team, join a team, and help to fundraise.  This year will be different but fortunately for technology, GWPF will still host the Walk.

Monthly Support Group – Our Support Group will meet this month on Saturday, July 18th at 3:00pm Eastern Time, via GoToMeeting Conferencing.

Make Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation Your Favorite Charity in 2020

In your charitable contributions and donations in 2020, please consider Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation by either through the DONATE BUTTON or by sending a check to Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation, 14001-C St. Germain Drive #453 Centreville, Virginia 20121.  Your generous donations are tax deductible.  Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

How You Can Help & Support Us

Here are some of the ways you can help and support our programs in 2020:

  • Donations (including in-kind donations) globalwomanpeacefoundation.org
  • 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)

Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation’s 2020 Calendar

Please Save these Important Dates

  • Virtual Support Group Workshop – Saturday, July 18th
  • Virtual Support Group Meet – Saturday, August 15th
  • Virtual Support Group Workshop – Saturday, September 19th
  • Third Quarter Virtual Board Meeting – Saturday, September 26th
  • Virtual Global Woman Awards – Friday, October 16th
  • Virtual Walk To End FGM – Saturday, October 17th
  • Virtual Support Group Workshop – Saturday, November 21st
  • Year-End Board Meeting – Saturday, December 5th

We will update the preceding calendar as events develop during the Year

The Education Toolkit – Now Available and Downloadable

Our Programs to Support

Survivor Resettlement Program

  • Asylum Assistance
  • Employment Assistance
  • Permanent Residency Assistance
  • Housing Application Assistance

Wholesome Organic Relief Program

  • Professional Counseling
  • Support Group Workshop
  • 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 to Girls in Sierra Leone and Liberia
  • Scholarships to Girls in Liberia and Sierra Leone

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

Trafficking Deeply Rooted in No. VA, but Education and New Laws Aid in Fight

Last in a three-part series on human trafficking in our region

By Wallicia Gill:

Every high school in Fairfax County had at least one case of human trafficking in 2018, while in the county as a whole more than 250 victims were identified, one third of them children.  These sobering statistics came from two human trafficking experts speaking at a recent meeting of the Women’s Rights Committee of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee.  But the speakers also reported some good news: six pieces of anti-trafficking legislation passed in the Virginia General Assembly earlier this year, including strengthening the role of Child Protective Services.

The Women’s Right Committee, chaired by Holly Hazard, sponsored a Zoom call for members and others on April 5 featuring Alison Kiehl Friedman, executive director of International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, and Erin Fischer, director of community engagement at Just Ask Prevention.  Ms. Fischer said that 27 cases of human trafficking were reported in Fairfax County in 2018 — 19 for sex trafficking, the others for labor trafficking — involving 252 victims, of which about one-third were children.  She added that legislation just passed in Richmond will allow Child Protective Services, part of the state Dept. of Social Services, to start the process of protecting children before the police become involved.  Child Protective Services (CPS) professionals often see and observe family dynamics.  CPS workers can interview a child without the parent present if they are suspicious that a child might be a victim of trafficking.  Another new law, she said, broadens the definition of human trafficking to include victims of the forced labor trade.

The International Labor Organization reports 25 million people worldwide are modern day slaves, unwilling participants in a $150 billion industry. While most are children and women working in the commercial sex industry, many are forced laborers in global supply chains, including coffee, the shrimping industry in Southeast Asia, clothing, and electronics. Ms. Friedman was instrumental in launching a website, Slaveryfootprint.org that allows consumers to understand how certain products contribute to modern day slavery.

Children and women often work in horrible conditions to supply these products in India, the Amazon, and other parts of the world – including the USA, where the trafficking trade is estimated at $35 billion annually.  The speakers gave examples of human trafficking and exploitation of women and children—including rapes and assaults—on sheep farms in Idaho, ice cream parlors in New Jersey, hair braiding salons in Florida, and even an exploited domestic worker in Falls Church, Virginia.  The speakers noted that Texas receives 25% of all US hotline calls on human trafficking – partly because Texas law requires liquor stores to publicly post the human trafficking hotline number — (888) 373 7888.

Simple laws like this one, as well as training teachers, social workers, and health care providers to spot victims of human trafficking could significantly reduce these crimes.  In fact, according to the speakers, education is a key to stopping exploitation of women and children.  When community members know what to look for, reporting is more likely.  “Just Ask” provides a website that offers information to parents and community members.  “Just Ask” also developed and provided a Trafficking Prevention Curriculum included in Family Life Education for schools.

Survivors of human trafficking need support gaining employment and health care, noted the speakers. Pity and charity are not helpful—jobs and inclusion are. Many people believe that trafficking survivors typically have access to healthcare and are able to gain needed services, but this is not the reality.  Ms. Friedman is willing to connect individuals wishing to offer human trafficking survivors employment. She can be reached at Alison@icar.ngo.  Countrywide, a major resource to help trafficking victims and survivors, and to report potential cases, is the National Human Trafficking Hotline – (888) 373 7888. This is a 24-hour a day, confidential service.

Dr. Wallicia Gill is a retired middle school principal, adjunct professor at Shenandoah University, and member of Sully District Democratic Committee. She is also a member of the Board of Directors at Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation.

June Special Announcements:

October 2-Day Event – The decision to open registrations for the 2020 Walk To End FGM and the Global Woman Awards this October was delayed, due to the social distancing restrictions of COVID-19.  The Board of Directors decided to plan for a virtual 2-day event this year.  Planning for the 2-day event takes several months, and since there is no set date in the foreseeable future of the country returning to normal public gathering, GWPF has decided to plan for a virtual event.  Within a couple of weeks, the site will be open for registration and setting up teams to fundraise in support of our programs. We will utilize social media and video conferencing in October to host the Global Woman Awards on Friday, October 16th and the Walk To End FGM on Saturday, October 17th.  We will make every effort to have everything we have done, annually since 2014, with the exception of physically walking together.  This year will be different but fortunately for technology, GWPF will still host the Walk To End FGM and the Global Woman Awards.  In fact, we will have some fun things with more opportunities to participate this year.  Stay tuned for the announcement of open registration.  Thank you for your continued support.

 

Monthly Support Group – Our monthly Support Group will meet this month on Saturday, June 20th at 3:00pm Eastern Time, via GoToMeeting Conferencing.

 

Board Meeting – Our Board will convene for the 2nd Quarter meeting on Saturday, June 27th at 11:00am Eastern Time, via GoToMeeting Conferencing.

Make Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation Your Favorite Charity in 2020

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21st.  Please remember to make GWPF your Favorite Charity when you shop at Amazon for your Father’s Day gifts at smile.amazon.com.  In your charitable contributions and donations in 2020, please consider Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation by either through the DONATE BUTTON or by sending a check to Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation, 14001-C St. Germain Drive #453 Centreville, Virginia 20121.  Your generous donations are tax deductible.  Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

How You Can Help & Support Us

Here are some of the ways you can help and support our programs in 2020:

  • Donations (including in-kind donations) globalwomanpeacefoundation.org
  • 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)

Upcoming – Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation’s 2020 Calendar

Please Save these Important Dates

  • Virtual Support Group Workshop – Saturday, June 20th
  • Second Quarter Virtual Board Meeting – Saturday, June 27th
  • Virtual Support Group Workshop – Saturday, July 18th
  • Virtual Support Group Meet – Saturday, August 15th
  • Virtual Support Group Workshop – Saturday, September 19th
  • Third Quarter Virtual Board Meeting – Saturday, September 26th
  • Virtual Global Woman Awards – Friday, October 16th
  • Virtual Walk To End FGM – Saturday, October 17th
  • Support Group Thanksgiving Feast – Saturday, November 21st
  • Year-End Board Meeting – Saturday, December 5th

We will update the preceding calendar as events develop during the Year

The Education Toolkit – Now Available and Downloadable

Our Programs to Support

Survivor Resettlement Program

  • Asylum Assistance
  • Employment Assistance
  • Permanent Residency Assistance
  • Housing Application Assistance
  • Health Insurance Assistance
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Application

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 to Girls in Sierra Leone and Liberia
  • Scholarships to Girls in Liberia and Sierra Leone

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

Why Do Physical Scars Matter? – The BBC Why Factor

By Christopher Gunness

The following story was originally published by The BBC “Why Factor”, and permission was granted by the author, Christopher Gunness to Global Woman Newsletter for republication.

Physical scars can be sources of shame or badges of honor: acquired accidentally or a cry for help. How should we read them, and what do they tell us about ourselves and our place in the world? We explore the practice of scarification, intentional body modification which has been practiced for millennia, where scars denote status within tribal communities and are worn with pride. Brent Kerehona tells us about the type of scarification he has: Ta Moko.

We meet stuntman Andreas Petrides, who has been Obi-Wan Kenobi’s stunt double. He also wears his scars with pride, but for different reasons: they are trophies of his profession. For millions, scars can be sources of embarrassment. We examine the constructs of beauty that might underpin those feelings. We speak to Hemani Modasia, who suffered scarring from burns to 35% of her body when she was a child, and who wishes, ultimately, she never had them. Scars can also be interpreted as a cry for help, transversing the space between the physical and the deeply emotional. Japanese photographer Kosuke Okahara tells us about his project which captured the scars of Japanese women who suffered from self-harm across a period of 6 years.

Former Vogue editor Jackie Dixon tells us the fashion industry is now embracing scars – they are part of the zeitgeist. We spoke to Jackie at a photoshoot in central London, where she was photographing a model for a book she is producing that celebrates scars. The program also hears from Professor Parashkev Nachev, a neurologist at University College London, and Nichola Rumsey, founder of the Centre for Appearance Research at the University of the West of England. Parashkev tells us the creation of scars is not fully captured by science, suggesting they are both deeply mysterious and profoundly human. Nichola places scars in a social context, and points out they often render us outliers which, for many people, is challenging and uncomfortable.

Comments and questions to info@globalwomanpeacefoundation.org or call (703) 832-2642

May Special Announcement:

The decision to open registrations for the 2020 Walk To End FGM and the Global Woman Awards this October was delayed, due to the social distancing restrictions of COVID-19.  The Board of Directors decided to plan for a virtual 2-day event this year.  Planning for the 2-day event takes several months, and since there is no set date in the foreseeable future of the country returning to normal public gathering, GWPF has decided to plan for a virtual event.  Within the month of May, the site will be open for registration and setting up teams to fundraise in support of our programs. We will utilize social media and video conferencing in October to host the Global Woman Awards on Friday, October 16th and the Walk To End FGM on Saturday, October 17th.  We will make every effort to have everything we have done, annually since 2014, with the exception of physically walking together.  This year will be different but fortunately for technology, GWPF will still host the Walk To End FGM and the Global Woman Awards.  Stay tuned for the announcement of open registration.  Thank you for your continued support.