A European advocacy group has placed New Zealand 158th in a field of 165 countries for children’s rights, putting the country on a par with much of central Africa and Saudi Arabia.
The Amsterdam based Kids Rights Foundation and Erasmus University measured five key domains in the 2017 KidsRights Index:-
This is a global ranking that charts countries’ performance records for children’s rights. The scope of the report is unique in that it collects data from various reputable sources and identifies global themes and trends in the field of children’s rights.
Portugal is placed top in the index due to its strong performances in the areas of child legislation, health and education.
Notable examples of under performing countries include the United Kingdom, which fell from11th to 156 place, and New Zealand which plummeted from 45th down to the depths of 158th. The country has been urged to do more to foster the rights of its youngest generation.
Overall, the Index shows that industrialised nations are falling drastically short of allocating sufficient budgets towards creating a stable environment for children’s rights. Although many poorer states deserve praise for their efforts relative to their budgets and means, it is alarming that the industrialised world is neglecting its leadership responsibilities and failing to invest in the rights of children to the best of its abilities.
Consider, for example, the industrialised nations the UK and New Zealand, which this year both hold bottom-ten positions following very poor performances in domain 5, i.e. Child Rights Environment. The methodology for obtaining the final score in the Index is such that extremely poor performances in one domain cannot be compensated by higher scores in other areas, as all children’s rights are equally important. Extreme underperformance in one of the domains therefore creates an insurmountable bottleneck that automatically demotes the concerned country to the lower-most region of the Index… source
New Zealand…should be able to invest more in children’s right, but fail(s) to do so sufficiently…source
New Zealand’s record
New Zealand’s walk of shame:
New Zealand’s record in the 2016 study showed six times the lowest score for non-discrimination, best interests of the child, respect for the views of the child, enabling legislation, budget, and data. Furthermore, the country has no maximum or average scores on record.
Three of the indicators from 2016 were the same as they were in 2011 (respect for the views of the child, enabling legislation, and state-civil society cooperation) while two (best interests and data) improved from non-available to the lowest score possible.
New Zealand’s scores for non-discrimination and budget fell from an average to the lowest score, but itsscores remain incomplete – there was no score for state-civil society cooperation in either 2011 or 2016.
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