October 01, 2019
Wāhine Toa path for gang reform
A woman trying to organise a Wahine Toa arm of Waikato's Mongrel Mob Kingdom says the gang is changing and should not be judged on past perceptions.
Paula Ormsby, whose initial connection to the gang came through an early childhood outreach programme, says women in the gang want the best for their children and families.
She says they also want their own voice.
"The gangs are a direct effect of colonisation and assimilation in this country. This is their whānau, hapū, iwi. These are their families. For a lot of people that come in and help the gangs, it's about trying to reform the gang member so they leave the gang. We are all about reforming the gang because this is their whānau," Ms Ormsby says.
She says Mongrel Mob women have to fight discrimination so they can get the health and education services everyone else takes for granted.
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