EET OUR 2019 NOMINEES
Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation has been awarding women and men for their work against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and other types of violence against women and girls since 2015. In 2017, a special international nomination committee was appointed to nominate such candidates, and determine the award recipients. As the nominees come in they are posted to this page.
OUR 2019 AWARDEES
Sandra Roland has worked in the criminal law and justice field for many years. She worked to abolish the death penalty in Florida, and worked as an advocate for prisoners in New York during the 1980s. She has worked as a public defender for thirty years, representing indigent defendants in the District of Columbia. She began her career as a public defender at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, and for the past twenty-seven years has worked as the Federal Public Defender for the District of Columbia, practicing appellate law before the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. More recently, with the support of Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition and the Horn of Africa Community Institute, she has pursued a pro bono practice representing asylum seekers who have endured female genital mutilation or political persecution.
Willa D. Jones, Ph.D.
Medical / Health
Willa D. Jones, Ph.D. is licensed as a professional counselor and as a school psychologist in the District of Columbia. She has spent the last 2 plus years volunteering as the Psychological Counselor with the GWPF's Monthly Support Group Workshop for FGM survivors. She has been part of the leadership with the Support Group, and rarely misses a session. A parent educator for more than twenty five years, Dr. Jones is passionate about helping families pursue healthy, loving, and satisfying relationships. She has conducted workshops on a variety of topics such as “Understanding Children’s Behavior”, “How to Avoid Power Struggles with Children” and “Discipline versus Punishment”. Dr. Jones has received formal training in bullying prevention from nationally-certified, Olweus Bullying Prevention Program Trainer, Dr. Michael Carpenter. Over the past 10 years, she has provided numerous workshops to adults with the aim of teaching them how to identify and intervene in bullying behavior. In her work with children, Dr. Jones has implemented Dr. Carpenter’s 28-session, Waging Peace Bullying Prevention curriculum as part of whole-class bullying prevention efforts. Dr. Jones is currently employed as the Director of Student Support Services at Shining Stars Montessori Academy Public Charter School in Washington, DC. In her role at Shining Stars, Dr. Jones provides prevention and intervention strategies and tools for use in addressing students’ academic and behavioral challenges. This includes direct behavioral health sessions, conflict resolution, parent skills education; behavior intervention plans; staff development training; staff consultation, and crisis intervention. Dr. Jones completed the requirements for a doctoral degree in clinical psychology at Howard University in 1997. She has held memberships in the American Psychological Association, the Association of Black Psychologists, and the District of Columbia Mental Health Counselors Association.