We’re proud to be a trans-inclusive women’s organisation!
Our Board of Trustees agreed our trans-inclusion policy on 1st June 1998, although trans women were positively accessing the Centre for many years before that date.
Our decision to adopt a trans-inclusion policy was taken in line with our commitment to anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice and in line with the Equality Act 2010. This recognises gender reassignment as a protected characteristic. To be covered by this you can be at any stage in the transition process – from proposing to reassign your gender to undergoing a process to reassign your gender or having completed it.
Why we use self identification (self-ID)
We work in a trauma-informed way, which means we have an open door and don’t ask our service users intrusive questions when they first enter our service. It would be extremely complicated to ‘police’ and check people’s genders at the front door and the policing of gender norms could also be problematic for cisgender women who do not conform to ‘typical’ gender norms.
*women who identify as the gender they were assigned at birth.
NWC staff include our preferred pronouns on our email signoffs and anywhere where we include our names. Why? Well we believe that using someone’s correct personal pronouns is a way to respect them and create an inclusive environment, just as using a person’s name can be a way to respect them.