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Female genital cutting (FGC) is a harmful practice involving full or partial removal or injury to a girl’s external genitals. On average, girls are subjected to FGC before the age of five, although this varies between different communities and can happen at any time from a girl’s birth to her adolescence.

FGC is not an obligation of any religion and has no known health benefits. Far from it, the practice can cause long-lasting physical and psychological damage for more than 200 million women and girls who are affected worldwide. In some cases, this can include death.

This week, in accordance with International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, Heal Thy Skin podcast will have a special three-part episode.

To start off, Marni will be speaking with Julia Lalla-Maharajh OBE, founder of Orchid Project.

Julia set up the Orchid Project having spent 18 years in the corporate transport sector. In 2008, she volunteered in Ethiopia, where she came to understand more about the devastating scale and impacts of FGC. In 2010, she led a panel discussing how to end FGC at the World Economic Forum in Davos and then spent time in Senegal and The Gambia, visiting communities and seeing incredible change happening at the grassroots level. In 2017 Julia was awarded an OBE for her work to end FGC.

Join us as we have travelled (virtually) around the globe to speak with advocates from London, California and North Carolina.

You can learn more about Julia and the Orchid Project here:

Website: https://www.orchidproject.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/orchidproject/

Instagram: @orchidproject

Twitter:  @orchidproject

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/orchid-project

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Additional notes:

Julia’s TEDx Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnYYffMhIcA

Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/dermhealthco/message