14: Educational Policies on Gender Perspective in Puerto Rico in the Face of the Transnational Anti-Gender Crusade

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This chapter addresses educational policies on gender in Puerto Rico, their background and development, and the discursive clashes arising from the global anti-gender crusade unleashed by religious fundamentalists and other conservative sectors that undermine national and regional political culture. First, I situate the discussion about the policies approved by the United Nations (UN) based on women’s human rights and the LGBTTQIA+ population. Next, I draw connections with neoliberal, national, and transnational policy trends, which have further harmed marginalized people and reduced the scope of democracy. The imposition of the PROMESA Law by the US Congress, which instituted the Fiscal Supervision Board to address the Puerto Rican government’s debt and whose measures particularly impact women and vulnerated groups, stands out amongst these harmful policies. Finally, as feminisms position themselves as the leading advocates for educational policies on gender, I conclude with a message of hope and possibility – a proposal for articulating transnational initiatives to advance agendas favouring educational policies on gender that broaden the realm of democracy.

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