WSA (NZ) is a feminist organisation formed to promote radical social change through the medium of women's studies. It is a small, voluntary, non-profit organisation, independent of any institution.
We believe that a feminist perspective necessarily acknowledges oppression on the grounds of race, sexuality, class and disability, as well as gender. Māori are the tangata whenua of Aotearoa. We address racism and promote biculturalism in our work and activities as aims of our organisation.
The Auckland-based Organising Group is responsible for the running of the Association. Current members are Alison Kagen, Annie Weir, Sylvia Baynes and Colleen Smith. Until early 2014 the Association had been run for many years by a Wellington Organising Group. Past convenors of the Association include Hilary Lapsley, Ana Gilling, Mary Mowbray, Prue Hyman, Lesley Hall and Claire-Louise McCurdy.
Our National Committee members are:
Read a summary of our 2014 Annual Plan here.
Read about 25 years of WSA(NZ) in an article from a recent Women's Studies Journal, a scholarly journal published by our Association since 1984.
The Constitution of the Women's Studies Association (NZ) Incorporated may be read in pdf or docx format.