The Council of Europe together with the Tunisian Ministry of Women, Family Affairs, Children and the Elderly, and the Association Ado+, organised a workshop on the drafting of a child-friendly Tunisian version of the principles comprised in the Council of Europe Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (Lanzarote Convention) on 17-19 December 2018 in Tunis. This activity was held in the framework of the European Union/Council of Europe joint programme “Ensuring Sustainable Democratic Governance and Human Rights in the Southern Mediterranean (South Programme III)”.
The aim was to raise-awareness amongst children and to involve them in the decision-making process regarding topics concerning them through their pro-active participation during the event. Around 70 children of different age groups (early childhood, childhood and adolescence) and regions participated in the art workshops and drafting activities. The workshops were hosted by amongst others, artists specialised in puppets and cartoons, and the children were accompanied by teachers and psychologists.
The art workshops on the creation of puppets and cartoons (for children aged 3 to 13) were based on the characters “Kiko” and “the hand” inspired from the awareness-raising book of the Council of Europe “Kiko and the Hand” that helps children understand that their bodies belong to them, that there are good and bad secrets and good and bad touches. Thus the “do not touch here” rule has been taught to the children through artistic activities.
The purpose of the drafting workshop (for children aged 14 to 18) was to develop a child-friendly Tunisian version of the principles comprised in Lanzarote Convention so that Tunisian children could understand them.
The South Programme III is a joint programme of the Council of Europe and the European Union, financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.