Does it happen in the Americas and the Caribbean?
Yes! Research has shown that some form of FGM is practised in communities in South America, in Colombia, Panama, Ecuador and Perú, although it is concentrated in specific regions from the Atlantic coast to the Horn of Africa, including parts of the Middle East and Asia, with varying prevalence rates. Countries like Somalia, Guinea, and Djibouti have rates exceeding 90%, while in Cameroon and Uganda, it affects no more than 1% of girls and women.(Source UNICEF).
If I'm not from one of the countries that practices it, why does it affect me?
Because Humanity and the evolution of civilizations depend on recognizing and respecting the fact that all people have the right to live full, happy and violence-free lives.
More awareness and more educated conversations around the subject are needed to successfully end the harmful practice.
Here are some helpful resources: The National FGM Centre, WHO