Mahrès is a small coastal town in central Tunisia with a population of approximately 36,000 people.
The economy of the region is based on fishing, and olive and almond tree cultivation. Mahrès' agricultural industry draws many unskilled workers and single mothers with no professional qualifications to the city. They hope to find employment here.
In many cases, however, they end up eking out a living in the informal sector, which makes their lives very insecure and puts children at the risk of losing the care of their parents.
Since 2000, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Mahrès.
89% of Tunisian children have been subjected to physical punishment.
Violent discipline at home is the most common form of violence against children. This can be especially harmful at a young age, because there is an increased risk of physical injuries. Children cannot understand the reasons behind the abuse or adopt coping strategies. Physical and psychological aggression often happen at the same time.
The consequences of violent discipline range from immediate effects to long-term damage that affect children through their childhood and into adulthood.
Tunisia is projected to experience annual temperature increases from 1.9°C to 5.3° by the 2080s.
Climate change makes Tunisia very vulnerable to natural disasters like droughts, floods and storms. The rise of the rising sea-level is also worrisome as the coastal regions of the country are densely populated.
Already, the country has been impacted more and more frequently by extreme weather occurrences. Climate change also deeply affects water resources, agriculture, livestock and ecosystems, as well as the health and tourism sectors.