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Angela M. Peabody - Centreville, Virginia

Submitted by Lydia Sherwood - Bellingham, Washington

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Her passion and commitment to eradicating gender based violence is inspiring.

Angela Peabody is the Founder and President of Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation. The first Liberian woman to pen and publish a full length novel, she is the author of a recently released novel, When the Games Froze, with proceeds to benefit the mission to eradicate gender based violence. Angela survived one of Africa's bloodiest coup d'etat in Liberia many years ago.

NON-PROFIT MOBILIZES THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST GENDER BASED VIOLENCE

March 5, 2014: Washington, D.C. - Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation has decided to implement a new approach to raising awareness. With empowering women and girls through education as their mission, the 501c3 organization is taking an approach of mobilization. The Board of Directors of Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation is developing relationships with churches, universities and other like-minded organizations in their campaign against gender based violence.

In the last year, the organization has held workshops in only one venue. They now endeavor to partner with churches, universities and other organizations by developing relationships; they will hold forums, workshops and panel discussions, as they bring awareness to congregations and student bodies. "We thought the most effective way to get our message across is to take it to the people and get them involved." Angela Peabody, the President of the organization said. "We are taking the educational route in ending gender based violence. If we educate both girls and boys from an early age that hitting a woman, sexually violating a woman or genital mutilation on a girl is wrong, they will not engage in those acts when they are men and women." Peabody continued. "This is why we are building a school in Liberia, West Africa to extend our campaign to that part of the world." Ground breaking ceremony was held in Marshall, Liberia this week for a school. The organization also strongly believes in giving. In December 2013, 120 high school seniors in Liberia were in need of their annual examination fee in order to graduate. Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation heard of the students' needs. The organization sent a check to the school, which enabled all 120 seniors to qualify for their exams. This examination is equivalent to the SAT tests taken in the U.S.

All proceeds from Peabody's recently released book, When the Games Froze (ISBN 978-1-62871-180-6 by Xulon Press) will benefit the organization. Peabody, a native from Liberia was joined by her sons and cousin in the founding of Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation four years ago. She recounts her childhood and can recall the difference that access and support have made in her own life and many that she has been able to serve through the organization. "I have been fortunate both as a child and a woman to have had a supportive family unit. There are far too many girls and women in the world without such a support system", says Peabody. "Our mission is to change lives through education. We intend to utilize a variety of initiatives to this end." For additional information on the organization, visit www.globalwomanpeacefoundation.org.

This story was submitted as part of Oxam America's International Women's Day initiative to honor women working to right the wrongs of poverty and hunger. Honorees are selected independently by Oxfam supporters. Selection does not imply endorsement or other support from Oxfam America.


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