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Advocacy

Influencing those whose policies, attitudes and behaviours
impact on the lives of street children
 

StreetInvest aim to promote street work as an integral part of supporting street children, to practitioners and policy makers, on a local, national and international level.


We strive to be a thought leader and advocate at an international level for policy and practice change, which upholds the rights of street children. We are informed by the learnings from our partners' street work practice and support advocacy at a local and national level, through our local partner network. 

We therefore work top down, as well as build from the bottom up by enhancing the capacity of our local partners. You can read more about how we support our partners here.
 

International Advocacy

 

StreetInvest works in cooperation with leading advocacy organisations and is a core member of the Advocacy Forum for the Consortium for Street Children

We have played a key role in bringing about the publication the UN General Comment on children in street siutations, which provides definitive guidence to States 
on how to uphold the rights enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC).

StreetInvest's role in the General Comment on children in street situations:
2010: StreetInvest provide input to the UN Human Rights Council Resolution on Street Children.

2012: Contribute towards the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ report on the protection and promotion of the rights of street children working and/or living on the street.

2014: Co-CEOs Duncan Ross and Kate Bretherton go to the UN in Geneva as part of the CSC's panel, which successfully called for the progression of a General Comment. StreetInvest’s late Co-Founder, Fr Patrick Shanahan, presented to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child as part of the panel. 

 
2015 – 2017: StreetInvest’s Development Director and Co-CEO Kate Bretherton is a member of the CSC Advocacy Forum and is one of 12 experts who have reviewed and inputted into the drafting of the General Comment over the last two years and facilitated the input of seven of our local partners.
Including street children’s voices:
StreetInvest involved its local partner network in the drafting of the General Comment. Seven partners were consulted, not just in their capacity as street workers, but as facilitators to enable the participation of street connected children and young people.

Three of these partners, PEDER, Street Empowerment Trust and Catholic Action for Street Children, were facilitated through our award winning research project Growing up on the Streets. They consulted with young people living on the streets of Accra in Ghana, Harare in Zimbabwe and Bukavu in DRC, who are taking part in the project.

It is the first time that young people have been directly involved in the drafting of a CRC General Comment.
Image from CSC's Briefing Paper 
Easy Guide: UN General Comment
 
 
  • Easy Guide: UN General Comment

    Read the CSC's easy guide to the United Nations’ Committee On the Rights of the Child’s General Comment on Children in Street Situations

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  • OHCHR Report on Street Children

    UN OHCHR Protection and promotion of the rights of children working and/or living on the street, 2012

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