Transgender and Women’s Equality Rights

How should much-needed human rights protection be extended to transgendered people? Existing grounds that have been invoked include sex, sexual orientation and disability. Some advocates have suggested that the addition of ‘gender identity’ would better protect trans people.

However, the idea of self-identification being the only criteria for protection under the ground of “gender identity” has some women worried about preserving ‘women-only’ spaces and feminist services.

NAWL’s discussion paper and consultation attempts to discuss these issues in a way that is respectful of the rights and needs of transgendered persons.

Transgender Human Rights and Women’s Substantive Equality (February 2003)