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.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I begin?
Want to Participate? Just register here and join us!
You can now create and manage your own personal page, share your photos, goals and get sponsors.
Since this year, 2020 is a virtual event, you may set your fundraising goal, decide how many miles you and/or your team will walk, and tell your sponsors to match an amount to each mile/kilo you and/or your team will walk. Note: 3 kilometers = 1.86 miles.
Want to sponsor a participant? Click here for details.
If you have further questions, please contact [email protected] or visit www.globalwomanpeacefoundation.org or call (703) 832-2642.
2. What are the walk options and schedules?
The walk will take place rain or shine
Pre-Walk Ceremony begins: 10:00 am Washington, D.C./New York Time sharp to accommodate various time zones around the world.
Walk begins: 11:30 am Washington, D.C./New York Time
Following the pre-walk ceremony, all participants worldwide are invited to walk in your community/neighborhood, take photos of you walking, and post them to your Facebook page and make sure to share them with GWPF as well.
3. What does pledging to the walk mean, exactly?
By committing to this event, and pledging to raise money for its success, you will (a) raise money that will provide financial assistance to send FGM survivors to receive restorative surgery. (b) provide financial support for the Lisa C. Bruch Scholarship Fund that helps educate girls in West Africa who have experienced FGM or are at risk of FGM."
We know that we cannot do this alone; therefore we are seeking partners to join us as we create awareness and raise funds to assist FGM survivors and at-risk girls.
We wish you all the success possible. Enjoy the virtual walk and get all the sponsors you can, so when you cross that finish line, we will all be winners – you, and all the survivors of FGM!
4. How can my sponsors submit payment?
Online contributions can be made by credit card on the participant’s personalized page found on our website. Just make sure to tell your sponsors to select your name from the list of participants.
5. I am concerned that I might not be able to raise the required funds. Will I be able to do it?
Even if you've never raised money before, our materials and strategies will make it easy for you to solicit and collect sponsors from friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, and others. Experience has shown that it is not only possible, but enjoyable, to set and reach your goals. Please refer to the sample letters found on your personal fundraising page center, that explains the programs the Walk supports. You will be surprised to see how quickly friends, family, and co-workers will respond to your request to help this wonderful cause. Just remember to make it personal as well, as you want them to know that they are sponsoring YOU and YOUR efforts! And, as many companies offer charitable donation matching programs, make sure to ask your sponsors to check with their employers, as it will help you meet your goal ever more quickly.
6. Are there other activities planned for the day?
The event is expected to attract more than 5,000 participants, family members and friends and supporters from the community this year since it is a virtual event and everyone is welcomed worldwide.
In addition to the walk, there will be a brief ceremony prior to the walk, starting at 10:00am Eastern Time. There will be a Keynote Speaker and a couple of FGM survivors speaking to share their stories. There will also be prizes and recognition.
7. Do I walk alone or do I have to be with a team?
You may either walk as an individual or you may join a team and walk with your team, and this year, we are observing social distancing.
8. Is there a refund/exchange policy?
Yes. If a donation was made accidentally or for the wrong amount, simply make us aware of the issue and we will be happy to make any necessary refunds, changes or corrections. You may contact us by email at [email protected]. Registration fees are not refundable.
9. Is parking available?
There is no need for parking this year, since everything is done virtually.
10. What is the Award Ceremony?
The Award Ceremony was an addition in 2018. We have been awarding women and men for their work against FGM and women's issues since our 2015 Walk. Prior to 2018, we gave out the awards on Walk Day at the Walk To End FGM. Since our 5th year of the Walk (2018), we have had a separate Award Ceremony the evening prior to the actual Walk Day. This year, a Virtual Award Ceremony will be held on Friday, October 16, 2020 at 3:00pm Eastern Time. The link will be provided as you register.
11. If I want to attend the Award Ceremony and the Walk, how do I do it?
When you go to register, you will be given the option of only participating in the Walk on Walk Day or registering for both the Walk and the Award Ceremony.