Principles of Women’s Liberation Aotearoa
Women’s Liberation Aotearoa recognises and acknowledges Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa/NZ. We aim to uphold the spirit of Tino Rangatiratanga and act in accordance with that aim in all our affairs. In particular, we uphold Mana Wahine.
Women’s Liberation Aotearoa is a participatory democratic organisation which asserts that:
- the full liberation of women is only possible in a society that is based on, and operates within, egalitarian and cooperative principles in all spheres;
- the liberation of all women is inextricably linked to the freedom of all people from economic exploitation and all forms of oppression that flow from and are used to enable that exploitation;
- women’s liberation will be progressed when women have full active democratic participation in society, and collectively take leading roles in social structures and decisions that affect our lives;
- given the biological reality of women’s role in child-bearing and the social reality of a greater role in child-rearing, the liberation of women improves the overall well-being of children.
Specifically, WLA believes all women must be :
- able to fully and freely participate in all avenues of life, political organising and decision making;
- guaranteed full pay equity, i.e. equal pay plus effective engagement with the principle of equal pay for work of equal value;
- economically independent through the mechanisms of a guaranteed living income and a raft of social support systems which reflect the value, to the wider economy, of domestic work and child care;
- free from all forms of patriarchal control;
- free from all forms of racism and associated unfair / unlawful discrimination;
- guaranteed the right of reproductive sovereignty;
- free from both the threat and fact of all forms of violence in the home, the workplace and in public, including physical violence, rape, sexual abuse, and emotional and psychological abuse;
- free to gather and to organise in sex-segregated spaces;
- free to express and assert same sex attraction without facing any forms of discrimination or harassment;
- free from prostitution, pornography, trafficking and all forms of commercial sexual exploitation, which children must be free from too;
- able to ensure they and their children have access to factual, unbiased information about such issues as medical consent, biological sex and the social construction of gender.