Due to the restrictions of COVID-19 and social distancing, this year’s event will be held virtually through livestream broadcast and social media.  Instead of 5K, walkers may choose the number of miles/kilometers to walk and have sponsors match a dollar amount. 
 
Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation
 
History: 
Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation (GWPF) is a 501c3 non-profit organization.  Established in January 2010, GWPF was founded on the principles of ending injustices and violence against women and girls.  Funds raised from the Walk To End FGM and the Global Woman Awards will fund our "Just4You Program", our "Survivor Resettlement Program", our "Wholesome Organic Relief Program" and the "Kids Reach Shield Program".
 
Description of Our Programs:
 
Just4You Program includes the Lisa C. Bruch Scholarship Fund and the Sanitary Pads Campaign.  The Scholarship Fund:  Named in memory of the late Lisa Bruch, who passed away on December 18, 2018, the Fund is enabling GWPF to help keep up to at least 8 girls in school in Liberia.  This Fund covers the girls' annual tuition of $100 a girl, including books and supplies.  Some of you spend that on a dinner in one night.  Lisa was a GWPF Board Advisor and a devout supporter and donor of GWPF's programs.  Lisa donated an annual percentage of her income to the Foundation until her demise.  Please support this Fund and help us keep girls in school in both Liberia and Sierra Leone.  The Sanitary Pads Campaign: At least 50 to 100 girls in certain African countries do not have access to sanitary napkins, or if they do, their parents cannot afford to purchase them.  As a result, those girls miss school every month when they have their periods.  Therefore GWPF seeks donated sanitary pads.  In the last year, GWPF partnered with the Rotary Club of McClain in Northern Virginia to help collect donated sanitary pads and have them distributed to the girls in need of them in Liberia and Sierra Leone.  GWPF is committed to the goal of shipping a total of 3000 pads to both listed countries annually.  We have identified a school in each country to girls in dire need of the pads.  No girl should have to miss school for several days each month only because she cannot afford sanitary napkins.  Please support this Campaign.
 
The Wholesome Organic Relief Program helps to rehabilitate FGM survivors through psychological counseling, vaginal restorative surgery, and physical therapy.  The restorative surgery is the restoration of the clitoris and labia.  The surgery eliminates the daily pain and discomfort caused by FGM.  It removes any existing keloids and abscess.  It gives relief to the survivor after a lifetime of pain.  According to the French Urologist, Dr. Pierre Foldes who developed the surgery, if only the surgery is done without screening, counseling and post-operative consultation, the surgery is pointless.  This is because the psychological pain the FGM survivor suffers is just as grave as the physical pain.  Therefore this program provides psychological counseling as well as the physical aspects of providing relief to the women who survive FGM.  We currently have a waiting list for the surgery, and each surgery costs us approximately more than $2500.  Please support this program to help GWPF give both physical and psychological relief to these women.
 
The Survivor Resettlement Program assists FGM survivors with asylum application, legal representation, resume compilation, cover letter, personal reference, relocation, and job-hunting.  Our success rate with this program can be told by the survivors themselves who have benefited from it.
 
The Kids Reach Shield Program is our preventive program, which trains U.S. Law Enforcement, School Nurses Associations, Teachers Associations, students, and the community in FGM.
 
Organization Mission:  To empower women and girls through education to eradicate gender based violence, with primary focus on female genital mutilation (FGM).
 
Definition:  Female genital mutilation is the intentional removal of either all or part of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons.  External genitalia includes clitoris, pubis, urethral, labia majora, labia minora and vaginal openings.  
 
Statistics:  According to the World Health Organization, at least 200 million women and girls worldwide have been subjected to FGM.  The Population Reference Bureau estimates that more than 500,000 women and girls in the U.S. are either living with the consequences of FGM or are at risk of undergoing it.  Many girls have been known to  die as a result of FGM.  85% of maternal and infant mortality in Africa is the result of FGM.  Now, FGM is being practiced here on American soil in many states.  We want it stopped in the world, and most importantly, here in the United States.
 
Watch the following videos and listen to a radio show to obtain more information on Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation, FGM, and the Walk To End FGM: 
 
2020 Angela Peabody on VIP with Linord
 
2020 Senator Richard H. Black on VIP with Linord
 
 
2018 Inside Scoop Television Show
 
2018 Voice of America Radio Interview
 
2014 Walk To End FGM
 
2015 Walk To End FGM
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