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How to end female genital cutting in our lifetime

Businesswoman Julia Lalla-Maharajh is using the power of education to end female genital mutilation.

By Julia Lalla-Maharajh 28 October 2016

When she volunteered in Ethiopia, businesswoman Julia Lalla-Maharajh was ready to encounter poverty, HIV and AIDS, and malnutrition. But nobody told her that 75% of women in Ethiopia had undergone female genital mutilation, or that the average age for the procedure was under five years old.





She made a vow to herself that she would do whatever she could to end female genital mutilation. Back in London, she entered a competition to present at the World Economic Forum in Davos. She won. A year later, she went to Senegal, where she found the answer to her biggest question: how could any parent hurt their daughter in this way?


In order to exercise human rights, people need education. They need to realise they have a right to health and a right to live without pain.


Social norms have to shift collectively. Watch this TEDxLBS talk to see how Julia is using the power of education to end female genital mutilation.


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These films were created as part of TEDx London Business School. Ideas worth spreading, from the LBS community.

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