Paraguay Bans Materials on Gender Identity in Public Schools

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Paraguay’s Ministry of Education moved this week to ban books and other materials in schools that promote “gender ideology.”

Education minister Enrique Riera, who introduced the bill on Oct. 10, said the country has a responsibility to teach about “traditional families,” according to LOGO’s NewNowNext. The bill violates the Montevideo Consensus, an agreement Paraguay entered in 2013, which requires included countries to stop discrimination on the grounds of gender or sexual identity.

Riera said that he would burn books that promote gender identity and doesn’t support the idea of gender as a social construct. The law draws parallels to Russian laws on similar issues, which ban images and other materials which the state deems “gay propaganda.”

“Under cover of the malicious expression ‘gender ideology,’ what is really happening here is the suppression of education about equality and discrimination, which is an international obligation of the Paraguayan state,” said Amnesty International’s Erika Guevara Rosas. “Excluding education on equality from the curriculum is tantamount to state promotion of violence and discrimination, with extremely grave consequence.”

Currently, homosexuality is legal in Paraguay, but gay marriage is constitutionally banned. There are also no laws in the country protecting discrimination against LGBT people, according to NewNowNext.

 


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