Advocacy

We relentlessly advocate for an end to violence against children and ensure the voices of the world’s most vulnerable children are heard loud and clear.

Cherry (16), Myanmar

World Vision is advocating for lasting change.

World Vision is advocating for lasting change.

We believe in the power of a person’s voice. Its ability to do the impossible, battle inequality and call for justice.

As we work alongside communities to build a better world for children, our advocacy challenges the policies, systems, structures, practices and attitudes that make it difficult for vulnerable children and their families to experience life in all its fullness.

By addressing the systemic contributors to and causes of poverty, World Vision’s advocacy work ensures that community transformation is sustainable and scalable. We want all children, everywhere, to live in safety and dignity.

World Vision advocates at the local, national, regional and global levels, informed by our experience working with communities.



The world is at a crossroads, and here in Aotearoa, we are in a position to choose the way ahead.

Join us in calling for a Collective Resilience Plan

Join us in calling for a Collective Resilience Plan

Sign the petition below to join us in calling for a Collective Resilience Plan that helps New Zealand build a strong global community.

Now, more than ever, we need big hearts and a connected world, so together, we can overcome the crises of COVID-19, climate breakdown, and the global recession. 

COVID-19 is accelerating its attack on humanity across the world. Decades of progress to end global poverty and discrimination are being unravelled. The United Nations University estimates that as many as half a billion more people could fall back into poverty because of the coronavirus pandemic and the economic recession it has caused. 

We know that when we look out for each other, we are all better off.

<h3>Sign the petition today</h3>

Sign the petition today

To the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Finance Minister, we call on you to implement a Collective Resilience Plan in Budget 2021 that provides:
 
  • A 20% boost to the overseas aid budget, plus;
  • A doubling of finance for overseas climate action from new and additional sources, and;
  • Adopt a target for getting aid spending to 0.7% of gross national income by 2030.
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Together, we are making a lasting impact on the lives of vulnerable children in the fight for justice.

<h4>Fair for all refugee quota</h4>

Fair for all refugee quota

In 2019, we campaigned to change discriminatory refugee quota restrictions – and we succeeded. We called on the New Zealand government to end restrictions that blocked refugees from Africa and the Middle East settling here. 

While the number of people fleeing conflict in Africa and the Middle East has increased, policy restrictions like needing family members already living in New Zealand have meant that since 2011, only 12 refugees from South Sudan had been allowed to resettle here.

On the 4th of October, the government announced they were finally scrapping the family link policy.

 
<h4>Kids off Nauru</h4>

Kids off Nauru

In August 2018 we asked you to join the call to get all the Kids Off Nauru. Together, we advocated for the 119 children and their families detained indefinitely on the island of Nauru to be moved to safety. 

In February 2019, we welcomed the news that all refugee children have now been taken off Nauru; however, the case is not closed as many still face an uncertain future with no permanent settlement solution.

We will continue to advocate for the refugee children who have been taken to Australia for medical treatment and don’t have permanent settlement solutions.
 
<h4>Ending violence against children</h4>

Ending violence against children

We believe that a world without violence against children is possible.

As part of a five-year campaign across World Vision offices globally, we are encouraging governments and communities around the world to do more to end violence against children. Highlighting it when it occurs and holding those responsible to account. 

We work to prevent violence wherever it occurs, so no child has to experience it, particularly to address the high rates of physical and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste and Vanuatu.
 

When people in power understand the rights and needs of children, lives can be transformed.

Advocacy Resources

Part of our advocacy work in New Zealand involves the creation and distribution of education resources for primary and secondary schools, so they can learn about global issues and injustices.