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NZ Rugby, Leaders on and off the field

NZ Rugby, Leaders on and off the field - Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission has welcomed New Zealand Rugby’s international partnership with UNICEF that was announced today.

“Sports can go places and do things that no law or policy ever can,” said Human Rights Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy.

“Here in New Zealand rugby does just that. It’s a sport that’s engrained in our communities, families and children. We commend New Zealand Rugby’s foresight and leadership in joining forces with UNICEF here and across the world.”

The partnership between NZR and UNICEF will harness the power of sport to raise awareness and funds for the most vulnerable and excluded children.

This week New Zealand was ranked fourth in the world’s Global Peace Index and the UN Human Rights Council adopted its second review of our national human rights record.

“New Zealand’s high realisation of human rights is due to many factors, including NGOs engaging across sectors to improve the quality of life of our most vulnerable: today’s partnership announcement is a brilliant example of this,” said Dame Susan.

“I am proud to see our national rugby team are leaders on the field and off, this bodes well for our future.”

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