STATEMENT: WISPA Stands Up To Racism

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Core to the work of Women in Sport Aotearoa, Ngā Wāhine Hākinakina o Aotearoa, (WISPA) is a commitment to, and enactment of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, which supports indigenous women’s full participation in sport and active recreation. We are also committed to sport being inclusive of all ethnic communities who call Aotearoa New Zealand home. WISPA will continue to stand up to racism, intolerance and hatred.

WISPA exists to transform society through leadership, advocacy and research, ensuring that all women and girls can participate, compete and build careers in play, active recreation and sport. We believe that sport and active recreation should be fully inclusive of diverse communities. We believe that sport and active recreation should be safe and enjoyable for all women and girls. We believe Māori and Pasifika women and girls, in particular, and women and girls belonging to all ethnic minorities, need to be supported to a place of equity within sport and active recreation.

Sport is a powerful tool, bringing people together from all walks of life. We will continue our work in New Zealand to ensure that no one is left out due to gender, ethnicity or other perceived difference and continue to advocate for diversity and inclusion and for change to systems that assist in perpetuating racism and sexism.

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