The incorporation of the ‘gender diverse’ classification by Statistics NZ praised

The incorporation of the ‘gender diverse’ classification by Statistics NZ praised

July 17, 2015

Human Rights Commissioner Richard Tankersley today hailed the announcement of the incorporation by Statistics NZ of the ‘gender diverse’ classification into the new statistical standards. 

“In its 2008 report on the Transgender Inquiry, To be who I am / Kia noho au ki tōku anō ao, the Human Rights Commission noted that there was not ‘sufficient understanding (within government agencies) that protection from discrimination requires policies and practices to be inclusive of all trans people, whatever their sex or gender identity.”

“This development paves the way for the NZ government to collect data on people with diverse gender identities in a way that has never been possible, leading to a better understanding of the need for recognition and inclusion of the range of trans people in New Zealand, and to advancing the full realisation of their human rights.”

“I would be delighted to see questions based upon this standard included in the next census.”

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