Nov 10, 2022 – SPECTRUM
SOUTH KOREA’S MINISTRY OF EDUCATION ORDERED THE REMOVAL. ‘GENDER EQUALITY’ FROM THE CURRICULUM AFTER CHURCH GROUPS CALLED FOR THE TERM TO BE REMOVED FROM THE BOOK IT WILL BE AVAILABLE TO EARLY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENTS IN THE 2024 ACADEMIC YEAR.
On Nov. 9, the South Korean government’s Ministry of Education announced a review and revision. ‘Primary and Secondary School Curriculum’ and ‘Special Education Curriculum’, correcting the use of terms such as ‘democracy’ and ‘liberal democracy’, removing ‘gender equality’ and ‘local minorities’. Gender’, which means LGBTQIA+, has dropped out of the curriculum for South Korean schoolchildren. It will be applied to early elementary school students in the 2024 academic year.
South Korea’s Ministry of Education has reviewed and revised the calling of ‘disabled’, ‘immigrants’, ‘sexual minorities’ and others as ‘social minorities’. ‘Members of a society who are discriminated against on the basis of gender, age, race, nationality, disability, etc.’, claiming to be an attempt to make South Korean society a “society”. ‘One and the same’
Additionally, the terms ‘gender equality’ and ‘gender minority’ that were included in the previous ethics curriculum were also removed from the curriculum. and replaced by the words ‘gender bias’ and ‘ethical issues of gender discrimination’, with the change following calls from conservative political religious groups. claim that the use of the word gender equality And the term LGBTQ+ will confuse and mislead children about their gender identity.
This change is a big win for church groups in South Korea. It is a very influential religious group calling for and pressing for the removal of terms that refer to LGBTQ+ or ‘gender minorities’ from its curriculum. Moreover, they have called for the removal of sex education textbooks from many school libraries.
This incident is one of the events that make the situation of gender equality more worrying in South Korea. especially the rights of women and LGBTI people. After the campaign policy of ‘Yun Seok Yeol’ openly attacking the feminist group in South Korea. and announcing that the Ministry of Gender Equality will be dissolved Until he won the presidential election earlier this year.
more than that In early October, Yoon Seok Yeol also said he would go ahead with the dissolution of the Ministry of Gender Equality as he had promised. and establishing a new agency that has a more comprehensive and broad role He said women in South Korea did not experience structural deprivation that would lead their lives to success.
However, Yun’s words Seokyeol doesn’t seem to be true. Although South Korea has experienced rapid economic growth. and there has been a strong democratic system in the past decades. But the rights of women in the country remain an issue. South Korea also has the highest income inequality between men and women in the OECD countries and a lack of female participation in politics, with only 19 percent of women at the 2021 House of Representatives meeting.
The UN figures also show that in 2021, South Korea will experience the lowest fertility rate in the country’s history. The fertility rate that a woman should have a child falls to 0.81, with the normal rate being 2.1, because if they have children, they will have to give up their career dreams to take care of their children because there is no policy that allows women to have children. Having children and having a full-time job at the same time is a gender inequality at the level of structure and policy that the government has not given importance to.
As for LGBTQIA+, South Korea continues to face discrimination due to its patriarchal and largely conservative South Korean society. Legally, same-sex couples are still unable to register their marriage. It has also failed to enact laws to prevent gender discrimination. This led South Korean gender equality activists to point out that LGBTQ+ lives are in danger under the Yoon Seokyeon government.
Soon after Yun’s government Seok Yeol takes on a role in running the country. There was news that the members of the party came out to say that ‘Homosexuality can be cured’ illustrates the government’s lack of knowledge of sex and the dark future of gender diversity in South Korea under conservative governments.
Where will the fight for gender equality in South Korea go? Countries with the highest economic prosperity in the world will be able to develop society to have progress as well? and outrage over this government’s vision of extreme opposition to gender equality. Will it lead to protests to drive the government or not? It’s probably something that many countries around the world are watching.
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