PERU: UN AUTHORITIES DEFEND MAINTAINING THE GENDER FOCUS IN THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM
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DATE: 28 August 2018
UN REPRESENTATIVES DEFEND MAINTAINING THE GENDER FOCUS IN THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM
In response to a request for intervention from the Peruvian Campaign for the Right to Education (CPDE), representatives send a letter to the Peruvian president, defending the National Curriculum for Basic Education, which has gender equality as one of its principles and is the subject of protests by conservative groups in the country
PERU - The Supreme Court of Peru is currently analyzing a process of popular constitutional action that was initiated by a conservative group in the country, with a view to halting the implementation of the National Curriculum for Basic Education (CNEB), which has gender equality as one of its principles and goals.
In this context, Koumbou Boly Barry, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education, and Ivana Radačić, Chair of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in the legislation and practice of the UN, sent a letter to the president of the country in which they defend the national curriculum and urge that all necessary provisional measures be taken to guarantee equal rights for Peruvian women and girls in all areas, including education.
"The new curriculum is a fundamental instrument for generating structural change, giving girls and boys tools for the respect of human rights and for the fight against gender violence," say the UN representatives.
The positioning of Boly Barry and Radačić results from a request for intervention presented to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, by the Peruvian Campaign for the Right to Education (CPDE), a member of CLADE in Peru.
"The UN response to our request has been an important expression of the support we can get from the highest authorities in defense of human rights. This is an advocacy achievement for the CPDE. We are convinced that it is a valuable precedent for similar actions by other social movements and organizations in different regressive contexts for gender equality in the region” added Madeleine Zúñiga - National Coordinator of the CPDE.
Notes To Editor
The Peruvian Campaign for the Right to Education (CPDE), is a member of CLADE. The coalition represents 30 civil society organizations and is present in more than 15 regions in Peru.
Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education (CLADE) is a national education network that defends the human right to transformative, secular and free public education for all and throughout life, as a responsibility of the State.
The Global Campaign for Education (GCE) is a civil society movement that calls on governments to realise the right to education. With members in more than 90 countries, the network connects grassroots organizations, teachers’ unions, child rights groups, NGOs, parents’ associations and community groups.
CONTACT: Lerato Balendran, Global Campaign for Education Communications Officer,