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Davos 2010 - an appeal to end FGM now

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Uploaded on Jan 3, 2010

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http://www.oneandother.co.uk/particip...

An appeal to the World Economic Forum to help end female genital mutilation, within our lifetimes.

I am a communications adviser, with twenty years experience in the corporate, not-for-profit, voluntary and international development sectors.

I am also a passionate advocate for the young girls that I met last year in Ethiopia, who will never have the opportunity to reach their full potential, due to the physical and psychological scars of FGM.

I have been a board level director of communications; presented evidence to Select Committees in the House of Commons; campaigned vigorously for investment in various different projects - this has involved high-level discussions with the UK Government and the Treasury.

More recently, I've dedicated my life to being an advocate and have spent time volunteering with VSO in Cambodia and Ethiopia, both times on education projects.

I live my principles. I am volunteering now at arguably the foremost FGM charity in the world - www.forwarduk.org.uk as their communications adviser. I appeared on the Plinth in Trafalgar Square making the case against FGM (www.oneandother.co.uk/participants/Juli­a). I have blogged my FGM journey, sharing discoveries as I go.

I'm the founder and co-ordinator of the VSO London Group and co-organiser of the "Give Peace a Hand" Dalai Lama handshake for Avaaz (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L95PBH... - I'm the last person in the handshake).

I am also a trustee for the Foundation for Mother & Child Health - http://www.motherandchildhealth.org - which works to improve communities by providing programmes focused on health, nutrition, education, skills training and microfinance.

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