Tunisia marks 28th anniversary of International Convention on Rights of Child | Tunisia News Gazette

Tunisia marks 28th anniversary of International Convention on Rights of Child

Tunisia is observing Monday the 28th anniversary of the International Convention on the Rights of the Child (ICRC), unanimously adopted by the United Nations on November 20, 1989, and the protection month which will run till December 20.

Both events are geared towards shedding light on the content of the Convention, which Tunisia ratified in 1991, and the Child Protection Code worked out in 1995. The purpose is also to strengthen partnership with civil society and the private sector, said the Ministry of Women, Family and Children in a document released Monday.

Awareness-raising events will be held in child care facilities, schools and hospitals to help children have a better understanding of their rights as spelled out in the international convention.

Tunisia tops Arab world standings and is ranked ninth in the world out of 163 countries which signed the UN convention. This is an an acknowledgement of national efforts expended to enshrine these rights in the legislation or in the institutional framework, mainly through the establishment of the child protection officers corps across the country to safeguard children’s rights, the Ministry said.

The Development Plan 2016-2021 set as a priority the consolidation of children’s rights; inclusive policies for the protection of these rights and a national strategy for early childhood development by 2025 were devised. Likewise, a fund called “My Childhood” was set up to ensure equal opportunities for children.

Source: TAP News Agency

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