New views on uniforms

| June 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

In New Zealand, Dunedin North Intermediate School has made a landmark decision to abolish gendered uniforms. Now any student enrolled at the school can wear shirts with either shorts, a kilt, culottes or trousers.

Dunedin reports that the move was the result of a range of complaints from female students, including that skirts reinforced outdated stereotypes and made them feel vulnerable to predatory eyes. Principal Heidi Hayward says the move was also intended to show that the school supported transgender students.

Based in Victoria, the Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission stated last year that school uniform policies are now an area where schools could find themselves vulnerable to legal action. This was after a primary school refused to allow a student to wear trousers instead of a skirt, even though she was uncomfortable climbing trees and running in her tunic. The Commission said that “requiring female students to wear dresses instead of pants may amount to direct discrimination”.

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