Mass campaign was launched over proposal to introduce gender ideology into the national curriculum

The organisers of a protest against the teaching of gender ideology in Peru’s schools say that more than 1.5 million attended marches around the country.

The “Don’t Mess With My Children” campaign was provoked by efforts to introduce gender ideology into the national curriculum.

Under the proposed curriculum, children will be taught that gender is something which is chosen and not determined by your biological make-up.

Demonstrations took place around the country on March 4 including the nation’s capital, Lima.

Members of Congress including Julio Rosas and Edwin Donayre were in attendance, according to the Catholic News Agency.

Speaking at the event in Lima, Fr Luis Cusco, episcopal vicar of the Family and Life Commission for the Archdiocese of Lima, said that parents should have the right to decide what their children are taught in schools.

He added: “We are in a war over morals, a spiritual war, and the battlefield is the minds of their children, and we are going to defend it till the day we die.”

More than 85 per cent of Peruvians consider themselves Catholic, according to Church statistics.