Trans rights statement

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National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) affirms its stance on inclusion for trans women
Recent media stories have highlighted the challenges that trans and non-binary people still face to their right to self-identify their gender. NCWNZ is a feminist organisation that believes in equality for all genders.

On Suffrage Day, 2019, NCWNZ announced a resolution in support of inclusion for all trans and non-binary people. The Council continues to stand behind this resolution and will work to ensure that gender diverse people are visible, validated and respected.
“When the human rights of individuals are compromised or challenged, we should all care about that. We are pleased to see New Zealanders and organisations rally to show support for equality,” says NCWNZ President, Dr Suzanne Manning. “Trans and non-binary Kiwis are still facing significant barriers and discrimination. When people have to justify their own identity, they can’t feel truly safe in their own country. NCWNZ is striving for a diverse and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand where we acknowledge people of all genders.”
The Council’s long history of fighting against gender discrimination is the foundation on which its resolution of support for all trans and non-binary people was made. In campaigning for women’s suffrage, Kate Sheppard said, “All that separates, whether of race, class, creed, or sex, is inhuman and must be overcome.” As a founder of their organisation, the National Council of Women stands by Kate Sheppard’s statement.

“Our standpoint is that trans women’s rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights. As feminists, we have a responsibility to defend equality for all genders and fight against gender discrimination. We know that we cannot achieve true equality as a country unless all trans people can fully and freely express their identity and participate fully in all aspects of life,” says Manning.

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  • Michelle Uriarau
    commented 2021-09-18 16:15:57 +1200
    *cont’d – we come from a strong line of wāhine who would NEVER have put up with this rubbish. As always, the pākeha ideology will sell out the Māori – even if that pākeha ideology has a Māori face. I am proud to tell you that we can tell the difference.

    So go ahead and sell out wāhine if you so choose. At least they have us to fight for them. TIHEI MAURI ORA!!
  • Michelle Uriarau
    commented 2021-09-18 16:13:58 +1200
    How unsurprising that you have been captured. This is the type of relinquishing of rights and protections to men that our suffragette forbearers fought against Suzanne and we at Mana Wāhine Kōrero are having none of it. Our forebears did not forgo their sacred moko so that tāne can pretend to be wāhine. Our culture has NEVER promoted the idea that our tamariki and mokopuna could be born in the wrong body. We consider all these American ideas to be tapu. Our whakapapa has never believed in this rubbish. We love our tamariki and mokopuna no matter what they think they are. Our culture has been colonised enough! That you decide to sell out wāhine in this fashion is sheer cowardice. We come from a strong line of w
  • Suzanne Manning
    published this page in News 2021-07-26 08:03:17 +1200

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