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NWC statement on inclusive language

Published: Wednesday, June 15, 2022

We condemn the ongoing misrepresentation of our position on the use of the word ‘woman’ in legislation and policy. We believe the attempts to misrepresent our position on this are a deliberate attempt to create a false and harmful division between women’s and trans rights.

NWC has always advocated for the word ‘woman’ or ‘women’ to be retained or included in policy and legislation. In addition, we have advocated for additional language to be included to ensure public documents are inclusive as possible. For example, in the case of cervical check, NWC, with our members, advocated for the inclusion of 'women, transgender men, intersex and non-binary people with a cervix'.