International advocacy

StreetInvest has championed the rights of street-connected children at the United Nations. We campaigned for and helped draft the United Nations General Comment No. 21 on Children in Street Situations (General Comment No.21).

What is the General Comment No. 21?

General Comments are published by United Nations treaty bodies, to interpret and provide guidance on human rights treaties. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is the key piece of international law on children’s rights. It describes what children need to survive, grow and reach their potential in life.

The General Comment on Children in Street Situations lays out how the Convention applies to street children. It’s publication was an historical moment for street children, as it is the first piece of international law to concern them.

What's next?

We are working with our local partners to influence governments to adhere to the General Comment and inform their policies concerning street children on a national level.

Local and national advocacy

With our partners we are engaging with governments to advocate for putting street-connected children and their rights onto the agenda.

Currently we are engaged with government bodies in:

  • Ghana
  • Sierra Leone
  • Mombasa County, Kenya
  • West Bengal, India

We also support our partners to advocate for street-connected children and raise awareness around the issues they face, on a local level. This often takes the form of workshops to engage key community groups, from police, to shop keepers, to local leaders and governors. 

Please get in touch with Kate.Bretherton@StreetInvest.org for more information about our advocacy.