In November 2016 AFRUCA (Africans Unite Against Child Abuse) published a report focusing on type 4 FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), more specifically the procedure of labia elongation which is a common practice in many African communities. The study focused on the attitudes from certain communities towards type 4 FGM, the reasoning behind the procedure, the risks associated with it and explored ways in which professionals can work closely with communities to tackle this issue. Type 4 FGM is heavily under-researched and reported; practitioners may find it difficult to identify and understand the different forms and complexities around type 4 FGM procedures. This briefing paper is a summary of the report produced by AFRUCA and aims to raise awareness around one particular procedure which falls under the category of type 4 FGM; Labia Elongation.

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