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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.
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