Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation
Angela Peabody is the founder and Executive Director of the nonprofit organization Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation. In addition to leading the organization, she is also a novelist, who has written and published 2 novels; “Exiled – within the heart of American society” and “When the Games Froze”. She was also a ghostwriter for an autobiography. She was inspired to become a writer because her oldest brother, Stanton was one of the top journalists in their native Liberia, in West Africa. She liked the creativity that came with writing, and decided to also become a journalist.
Angela was inspired to start a nonprofit organization because her mother who was her biggest role model, instilled in her that helping others should be a part of one’s life. She saw her mother assist people who were not blood relatives of hers, as one would a family member, and she really cared what happened to them. Angela chose to advocate on behalf of women and girls through education to eradicate gender based violence because she developed zero tolerance for domestic violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and other assaults on women and girls.
Angela had a vision to educate women and girls through education worldwide and she and her family started the organization by funding it personally. Once they had obtained their tax-exempt status from the IRS and created a board of directors and advisory council, the members also helped to fund the organization and the cause. The Foundation now has a few generous in-kind donors as well as financial supporters.
The greatest challenge for the Foundation has been obtaining sufficient funding. The primary cause of the Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation is female genital mutilation (FGM), which is a relatively new cause to donors and funders in the United States. The Foundation leadership realized that taking on FGM in the U.S. was going to be a challenge, unlike causes such as breast cancer, domestic violence, trafficking, rape, pedophilia, leukemia and other more familiar causes. They also knew that raising awareness, obtaining media coverage, educating and partnering with other like-minded organizations would have to be the focus of their challenge; that is what they have done to date, and it has worked.
Professionally, Angela’s greatest joy is the ability to pen her thoughts and have command of the written word. As a humanitarian, working toward ending FGM worldwide is rewarding. Personally being blessed with 6 lovely, smart and healthy grandchildren gives her the greatest joy of all. All of the joys in her life have matured her in a special way, and most especially spiritually. At a certain age in one’s life, as in Angela’s, one’s interests and happiness become defined very differently, and she is grateful for what her life is today.
She hopes that her work will inspire others to continue the cause after she is no longer on this earth. She wants her descendants and the future generations to remember the challenges we fought to make the world aware of FGM and the other injustices against women. She urges them to never give up the fight because after FGM and other forms of gender based violence are eradicated; there will always be other injustices against women and girls.
Angela remains passionate about the work she does and is deeply committed to serving others in this capacity. The commitment Angela embodies toward eradicating gender based violence, and especially FGM, extends far beyond work. The knowledge that 5 girls are genitally mutilated every hour of everyday in the world is all the motivation she needs to be committed.
The next phase of the Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation’s legacy includes the opening of the Global Woman Center in the Washington, D.C. metro area, raising funds for FGM survivors to obtain proper OB-GYN care without becoming spectacles and for them to undergo genital reconstructive surgery. The Global Woman Center is scheduled to open in June.
Angela’s advice to others is to make sure that in whatever area you are inspired to serve, you have the utmost passion for it. With passion, nothing will discourage you or leave you uninspired. Go into it with faith in the higher power and trust yourself. Do not listen to the naysayers because you will encounter many of them. All the best!
Angela was recently featured on “Inside Story” on Al Jazeera America with Host, Lisa Fletcher to discuss FGM. This segment aired on Monday, March 9th and Tuesday, March 10th. The discussion also featured Dr. Marci Bowers of San Francisco, and FGM survivor, Mariam Bojang. I highly recommend taking time to see this.
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Learn about Angela’s novel about FGM here: