The Labor-led Welsh government has been accused of creating a sex education program without any reference to gender.
Education officials removed the word âsexâ from the title of the new education code and replaced it with âsexualityâ along with all references to âboyâ, âgirlâ and âwomenâ.
The ‘Code on Relationships and Sex Education’ is expected to be debated in the Welsh Senedd for just 30 minutes today before it comes into force.
Stephanie Davies-Arai of the Transgender Trend campaign group condemned the government’s move.
She said: âThis is not about biologically accurate fact-based sex education, but about indoctrination of children into gender identity ideology.
âThe erasure of sex undermines protection and erodes concepts of privacy, boundaries and consent, putting girls in particular at risk. ”
Heads of education deleted the word “sex” from the title of the new education code and replaced it with “sexuality” as well as all references to “boy”, “girl” and “women”
The Welsh government has said it is wrong to say that sex has been removed because women are explicitly referenced in a guide to the Womenâs Act against Violence, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence published with the code.
But members of Tory Senedd said the omission of any kind from the code was astounding.
Robin Millar said: “I urge the Welsh government to think again about removing sex from sex education.”
Laura Anne Jones said there were serious question marks as to how the code “inexplicably fails to use the terms” man “,” woman “,” boy “or” girl “anywhere “.
She added: âWe don’t even know the exact advice that will be given to teachers, and unfortunately it seems that this prioritizes ideology over safeguarding and protecting children.
âThe consequences of passing this legislation without proper scrutiny – just 30 minutes of debate in the Senedd – are enormous. This is a stunning example of political correctness gone mad, and I will not support the code. ‘
Unlike England, Welsh parents cannot choose to withdraw their children from sex education classes if they do not agree with them. Their only option might be to pay for private education.
Martha Gwion, from Welsh women’s group Merched Cymru, said: “A code where girls and women are invisible apart from references to their bodily functions is more than counterintuitive.”
She added, âSuch shyness and aversion to naming our bodies, our reality and our oppression, is contrary to high quality relationships and sex education.
âWomen and girls do not experience violence, abuse and opposition because they are feminine, but because they are women.
“The Welsh government should focus less on being different from its English counterparts and on satisfying pressure groups, and more on doing better for our children and young people.”
But a Welsh government spokesperson said: “These claims are incorrect. Wales has led the way in introducing the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Act.
âThe law is explicitly referenced in our statutory guidelines on relationships and sex education, published with the code, which schools must take into account when teaching CSR.
âWe are committed to providing high quality CSR in Wales that is inclusive for all, fit for development and will help increase understanding of safe, consensual, equitable and positive relationships.
âThe code is designed to promote equality and inclusiveness, including LGBTQ + inclusiveness, so that all learners can value difference and diversity as a source of strength.
âLearning about sexual violence is a mandatory part of the code, at the appropriate time for development. By promoting a cohesive concept of what healthy relationships look like, supported by high quality teaching and learning, we will support our whole society approach to ending the abuse of women and girls in Wales . ‘