Tunisia: “The establishment of a system to protect the economic and social rights of children is a priority” – Minister

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Tunis / Tunisia – The establishment of a sustainable protection system guaranteeing children’s access to economic and social rights, gradually extending social coverage and guaranteeing a minimum income for children is a priority, the Minister of Affairs said on Tuesday. Social Malek Ezzahi.

The establishment of this system is crucial, given the absence in Tunisia of a comprehensive mechanism capable of saving children from poverty, the ministry said in a statement.

Ezzahi was speaking at the opening of a conference on the results of a study on “the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on child labor in Tunisia”, organized by the Center for Research and Studies social work of the Ministry, with the support of Labor International. Organization.

The Minister stressed the strategic importance of investing in young people and reducing child poverty and economic exploitation.

The health crisis resulting from the spread of the coronavirus has created many problems and difficulties that weaken social and professional groups, he added: in order to support its ability to sustainably support vulnerable groups. ”

The representative of the International Labor Organization BOUA-BI SIEMEINS, for his part, underlined the will of the organization to continue to support Tunisia in the fight against child labor.

This conference is part of Tunisia’s participation in the celebration of the International Year for the Elimination of Child Labor in 2021.

The study presented at the conference aims to strengthen legislative and institutional frameworks, improve the knowledge base on this phenomenon, as well as strengthen protection and prevention mechanisms in this area, in addition to consolidating education. , vocational training and the fight against child labor.


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