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Julia Lalla-Maharajh, CEO and founder of Orchid Project

I am the CEO and founder of a small UK based NGO, Orchid Project. Prior to this, I worked in a number of roles in the private sector in London. Orchid Project has a vision of a world free from female genital cutting (FGC). We advocate to ensure stakeholders resource and prioritise an end to FGC. We communicate the potential for an end to the practice, raising awareness about how, why and where FGC happens, and partner with organisations that deliver a sustainable, proven end to female genital cutting.

Ending female genital cutting in our lifetime

A declaration being read at the abandonment ceremony in Mali last year. Picture: Orchid Project

“I feel more and more that I am no longer alone and that the entire world is supporting me.” – Mah Cissé A year ago, 14 communities in Bamako, Mali, declared an end to Female Genital Cutting (FGC). Mah Cissé, …

A UK led effort to end female genital cutting within a generation

I'm posting this from a chilly New York, where I'm attending the UN's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).  It's a sight to see so many women in colourful national dress, queueing in snow flurries to get past security …