In an effort to build equity and inclusion among their population, Mexico City has announced that all public schools will eliminated gender-specific uniforms for students. Mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, announced this week that guidelines on gendered uniforms will change effective immediately. BBC reports that skirt uniforms will no longer be specific to girls and girls will also be allowed to wear trousers.
Sheinbaum also tweeted:
Itzel Rangel, a teacher at a private high school in Mexico City, tells Instinct that only public schools will eliminate gender-specific uniforms. The decision to adopt the new proposal for private schools will land on the administration.
But this announcement has not been well received as you may imagine as Mexico is known for its conservative, Catholic ideologies. Reuters reports that Leonardo Garcia, president of the National Union of Parents, expressed his sincere regrets for the new proposal.
The new proposal, which was announced while Sheinbaum visited a public school, is merely a guideline and students are not obligated to dress any specific way.
Today, La Razon reported Moctezuma’s clarification that the new proposal was geared ONLY toward girls. So this is to say that boys will not be allowed to wear skirts since it was a proposal to build gender equity for girls. This does not address gender-fluidity or allow for boys to express themselves in whichever way possible by exploring dress creatively.