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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.
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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.
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.