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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Connector of the Day: Julia Lalla-Maharajh

January 25th, 2010
05:56 PM ET

While the World Economic Forum in Davos hopes to bring attention to many important economic issues in the world, Julia Lalla-Maharajh has won the right to state her case to bring attention to female genital mutilation.

Julia Lalla-Maharajh will join a debate during the World Economic Forum.

Julia Lalla-Maharajh will join a debate during the World Economic Forum.

Julia was working with NGO VSO UK in Ethiopia when she was first exposed to the issue and she has been campaigning against it ever since.

Click here to watch Julia's video

She’ll be heading out to Davos next week, and will state her case to those gathered for a debate on Saturday, January 30.

Female genital mutilation is a common practice in many cultures, particularly in parts of Africa and while people in the west may find it to be a severe and harsh practice, many still find it has a place.

We want to know what you think on the issue.

Do you think female genital mutilation is a cultural choice? Should it be outlawed?

Please post your questions and comments below.

Is it right to ban the burqa?

January 25th, 2010
12:38 PM ET

For several months a parliamentary commission in France has been investigating whether the burqa or niqab should be banned.

A woman is seen here wearing a niqab.

A woman is seen here wearing a niqab.

The creation of the commission came after President Nicolas Sarkozy said the burqa "was not welcome on French soil" during an address to parliament in June of last year.

Sarkozy expressed his dislike for the burqa and was joined by a group of 65 other MPs who asked that a commission be created to investigate whether the Muslim religious dress should be banned.

As we await the release of the report, due on Tuesday, we'd like to know what you think.

Do you think it's fair that the French government is considering a ban on the burqa? Do you think that Muslim women should have the right to display and practice their religion as the please?

Should other religions be subject to a similar ban? Should people of the Jewish faith be prohibited from wearing a kippah in public? What do you think?

Please post your comments or questions below.


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