Advocacy

We advocate for lasting change.

Cherry (16), Myanmar


We want all children, everywhere, to live in safety and dignity.


We advocate for lasting change. We believe in the power of a person’s voice and it's ability to do the impossible, to battle inequality and call for justice. 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.

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


We're taking action against modern slavery.

<br>We're taking action against modern slavery.

Karan (12), India

Today, more people are living in slavery than ever before. 

Slavery is happening right now, in our corner of the world, in our supply chains. Two-thirds of all people living in slavery are in the Asia-Pacific region, where the things we use every day are made. Slavery shouldn't exist in a modern society.

It's time to make slavery in our products history. Unlike many other countries, New Zealand has no accountability for companies creating the things we use and eat every day. 

Together with you, we're standing against slavery in New Zealand supply chains. We're taking action together to pass modern slavery legislation in New Zealand.

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Together, we are making a lasting impact on the lives of vulnerable children.

<h4>Special Ukraine Policy Survey</h4>

Special Ukraine Policy Survey

In March 2022, the New Zealand Government announced that the 2022 Special Ukraine Policy will be open for one year. While this policy allows up to 4,000 people to enter New Zealand, to date, only 157 Ukrainians have arrived in New Zealand on the Ukraine Visa.

World Vision with Mahi for Ukraine surveyed nearly 200 Ukrainians living in New Zealand to understand current barriers to accessing the Special Ukraine Policy. This report outlines key recommendations for amendment to the policy to allow more Ukrainians to access it and seek safety in New Zealand.

Read the full report here.
<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>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.