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Enschede Signs Dordrecht Declaration

by our Editors in History & Politics , 17 augustus 2014

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De municipality Enschede has signed the Dordrecht Declaration. This Declaration has been drawn up by the Transgender Network Netherlands (TNN) in 2013, and aims to increase emancipation of transgenders on the work floor.

Subscribing to this declaration coincides with the implementation of the transgender law that makes it possible to change gender registration at the municipality without difficulty.

COC Twente Achterhoek and the municipality Enschede celebrated the introduction of the transgender law on Tuesday July 1 with a lunch at the Civil Affairs department. At the lunch, the Declaration was also signed. And as a first, the birth certificate of transgender Aafke Bierenkamp from Enschede was changed at city hall. After the lunch programme, there was training for social workers.

COC Twente-Achterhoek took the initiative to celebrate this mile stone and contacted the municipality of Enschede. President Mark Melenhorst of COC Achterhoek-Twente: “It is an important day for us. Up to now, one's registration of birth would determine one’s life. Imagine that you are now a woman, but were born a man, and you receive letters that start with: Dear Sir…… It feels as if you were never really accepted for who you are. Transgenders are confronted with a lot of ignorance. Not only at work, but also with social workers. Reason enough to celebrate this day with an extensive programme.

New Law's Importance

Transgenders who want to use this law, can submit an application with the municipality with a request to change their gender. The civil servant will make a note in the birth certificate. At the same time, the given name can also be changed. When this change is implemented, a new ID can be requested and processed. During the lunch meetings, the first application for a change in gender registration by a transgender was processed.

Patrick Welman, alderman Economy and Labour: “In Enschede, we think it is important that everyone can be who they want to be, and that everyone feels safe enough to express that. We therefore are very enthusiastic about this law. People had to go through a lot, both mentally and physically, to finally become how they feel inside. I can image that this last step, a correct registration at city hall, is the ultimate confirmation of the entire process."



 





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