New Years Good News!
18 January 2019, 17:57 UTC |
Taking five minutes out of your day to sign one of our petitions, write a cheque or respond to an event can seem like a small thing - but the results can be huge.
In 2018 we achieved so much together:
The New Zealand Government has opened the door to a new pathway for refugees to rebuild their lives in safety. It’s called community sponsorship. Instead of the Government taking responsibility for helping newcomers to resettle, individual people, churches, businesses, clubs, unions and other groups take the lead. It’s not only life-changing for refugees, it deepens our friendships with our own neighbours and makes our communities stronger. But the Government hasn’t decided whether or not to continue their small pilot programme. Our response is the I Welcome Pledge, where 10,276 of you voiced your support for community sponsorship. Thank you for your support!
We’ve been able to play a key role in historic legislation that bans child marriage in Burkina Faso. With our continued pressure, a new article in the Penal Code, passed last year, has broadened the definition of marriage, in line with Amnesty International’s recommendations. And we’ve also managed to ensure marriages that happen in religious or traditional ceremonies are covered under the new law. Which means an early or forced marriage can now be deemed illegal. This is a great step and simply wouldn’t have happened without your commitment.