UNICEF's advocacy team works with the New Zealand Government to make life better for children. We constantly push to improve policies affecting children, so that all New Zealand children can enjoy a brighter future.
We also offer ways for New Zealanders to be involved in shaping better policies and practices for children. And because every child has the right to be heard, we always seek to give children and young people a voice in public debates.
Our work is based around two key conventions, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC) and the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
We ensure that New Zealand is upholding children's rights and working towards protecting all children from poverty, abuse, violence and fear. We challenge the Government to do more where it is needed, and encourage action for the good of children all across New Zealand.
Every single child has 37 key rights. These include rights to a safe, warm home, good quality food, an education, and a fair justice system. Right now, many New Zealand children are missing out on these basic rights. Our role is to end this inequality, so that all children in Aotearoa are treated fairly.
By making submissions to the New Zealand Government about its policy and legislation, and working with a broad base of community groups, the UNICEF Advocacy Team raises awareness of matters that impact all New Zealand children. They also respond to key issues and organise resources for community stakeholder groups and political influencers.
The Advocacy Team works with the corporate community in New Zealand to make sure businesses are aware of child rights and their own responsibilities to children as a business operating in New Zealand.