NJ needs effective, comprehensive sex education programming and minimum standards mandated by law.
WFIC members joined the Thrive Coalition
, a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to improving all aspects of early childhood development.
WFIC contributed to the development of curricula that is expected to be adopted by NJ districts. The new curricula removes language prioritizing abstinence over other preventative methods, (2) established standards regarding pregnancy options, (3) encouraged the inclusion of gender-neutral language over gender-binary language, (4) include sexual health care when referencing health care, and (5) removed shaming, stigmatizing and fear-based language in state-wide curricula.
WFIC has developed an advocacy plan that supports constituents’ engagement with their Boards of Education to adopt these standards in their sex education curricula. WFIC members spoke at NJ national convention on Sexual Health Education.
The League of Women Voters of New Jersey sent a letter to Governor Murphy
urging the administration to maintain the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education adopted by the State Board of Education in 2020.
WFIC advocates for legislation, education and awareness regarding minimum sex education standards by serving on panels, accepting speaking engagements, and peacefully participating in events throughout the state in support of age-appropriate sex education.