Get FGM on the agenda at Davos 2010

Julia Lalla-Maharajh, communications adviser volunteer at Forward, is in the top five finalists of a global YouTube competition to win a place at the World Economic Forum in Davos later this month.

if she wins, she will hold a debate with world leaders in Davos about how to end female genital mutilation now.

Davos is the 5 day World Economic Forum meeting which brings together the global “great and good” – business leaders, politicians, scientists, religious leaders, philanthropists and journalists – to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world today. Three million girls a year have their lives blighted by FGM; 140 million women live with the horrendous physical and psychological issues. Ending FGM within the next generation is one of the most pressing issues facing women across the world.

Julia’s campaign video was shortlisted by judges Paulo Coelho (UN Peace Ambassador), Ariana Huffington (Founder of the Huffington Post) and Professor Mohammed Yunus (Nobel Peace Prize). The whole world is voting to send one person to the World Economic Forum in a fortnight and put their case to world leaders.

To vote for Julias, go to YouTube:; select the ‘End FGM now’ video, watch it and click on the green thumbs up.

Please also forward this to as many of networks and friends as possible and ask them to vote also. You can vote as often as you like, right up to 11.59pm on Friday 15th January 2010.

To follow Julia’s journey, you can visit her blog or follow her on twitter: @JLM_FGM.

For more information on FGM, please visit