Plan in the Americas understands policy advocacy as a participatory, intentional, systematic and dynamic process involving the coordinated efforts of individuals and organizations to achieve change and greater effectiveness in public policy. This is needed for the full realization of the rights of children, adolescents and young people.
Plan further understands that achieving this level of structural and institutional change also requires changes in the practices, ideas, values and power relations that lead to inequities, discrimination, exclusion and other violations of rights in all sectors of society.
Three issues/themes for advocacy have been identified: Investment in Children, Teenage Pregnancy and Community-based Child Protection Mechanisms.
Investment in Children, Teenage Pregnancy and Community-based Child Protection Mechanisms are three areas where we advocate.
Why investment in children? Because according to CEPAL, Latin America has maintained a decade of sustained economic growth, which has contributed to poverty reduction. However, the number of Latin Americans living in poverty is approximately 164 million people (27.9% of the population). Of these, 36 million are children and adolescents. Another feature of the region is the increasing inequality in income distribution, thus widening the inequality gap. Consequently, part of this growth is not reaching children”.
Investing in children’s rights is not only a legal obligation but also an economic strategy for long-term sustainable development.