The Mayor of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum announced this month that Mexico City would be upgrading its policy of wearing school uniforms. The city would now allow the students to choose the type of uniform they want to wear to school. The new policy would be applicable to preschools, elementary schools as well as the secondary schools.
The Mayor said that the era of girls wearing a skirt while boys wearing trousers had become a thing of the past. She said now boys could wear a skirt to school if they wanted while girls could also choose to wear trousers. She announced the measure to be something as very simple but important.
She is considered to be right with her decision. This new policy of allowing the students to wear their desired attire could help in combating different types of gender stereotypes. The ones who are most likely to benefit from the policy are the gender-nonconforming children including the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth, whose expression of gender did not always coincide with the rigid norms.
In order to communicate the new policy the federal education authority of Mexico City, issued a notice quoting, “from now on, the use of skirts or trousers would be a free choice in the public and private basic education schools of Mexico City.”
The authorities in Mexico should extend the new policy of the city to the schools across the country. This measure is an important decision that would be ensuring gender nonconforming and LGBT students from feeling accepted. The policy is simple making it easy to implement. The same must also be adopted by the other states and countries.