The government of Peru has backed down over a controversial new curriculum after a reported 1.5 million Peruvians marched in protest under the banner “Con mis hijos no te metas” (“Don’t mess with my kids”).

Last year, a revised version of the curriculum was issued which referred to “gender identity” and said that such notions were built “day by day”. 

Critics claimed the language of “gender” was a step towards introducing ideas about gender transition. The government defended the curriculum, saying that it only referred to the equal rights of men and women.

But last week, according to the news agency ACI Prensa, the Peruvian government withdrew the curriculum and reinstated a previous document from 2009.

The 2016 curriculum referred to the importance of defending “reproductive rights”, often used as a synonym for abortion. It also made frequent reference to gender-based discrimination, saying: “All people, regardless of their gender identity, have the same potential to learn and develop fully.

“Gender equality refers to the equal valuation of different behaviours, aspirations and needs of women and men … While what we consider ‘feminine’ or ‘masculine’ is based on a biological-sexual difference, these are notions that we are building day by day, in our interactions.”

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