Speaking out - to influence and create change
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand speaks out for justice to influence attitudes and create change at national, regional, and global levels.
Advocacy speaks and acts on behalf of others. It provides a voice for people whose voice is not easily heard.
Advocacy uses a range of tools and activities. Caritas' advocacy is well-grounded in thorough research. We also lobby politicians, organise meetings, pray, campaign, make submissions to parliament, and write letters to politicians, media and other organisations.
Caritas advocates on issues close to home such as work and employment, welfare, and cultural diversity; as well as global concerns such as the quality and quantity of overseas aid, unfair trade and the impact of climate change on the world's poor. Some of our work has local and international dimensions - for example, the rights of indigenous people.