The strategy called “neutral uniform” to allow children to decide whether to wear a skirt or trousers to school has caused controversy in Mexico.
Claudia Sheinbaum, Mexico City’s New Leftist mayor, unveiled the “gender-neutral uniform” initiative on Monday to promote gender equality in schools.
Sheinbaum said “The era when girls had to wear a skirt and boys had to wear trousers is behind us, I think it’s passed into history. Boys can wear skirts if they want, and girls can wear pants if they want.”
The President of the National Union of Parents, Leonardo Garcia, said the initiative did not tackle inequality or problems in education. In an interview on Mexican television, he said the following:
“Now it’s a neutral uniform. What happens tomorrow? Neutral toilets? The day after that, boys disguised as girls in the girls’ toilets? I think it’s a very serious mistake”.
The proposal was a “guideline” and not an obligation, said a city official, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to comment.
A city official said that parents should be consulted about the scheme because the proposal was not an obligation.