Gammarth is a seaside town in northern Tunisia in the Tunis Governorate. It is a popular and luxurious tourist destination, very close to Tunisia’s capital city Tunis.
Since Tunisia’s 2011 “Jasmine Revolution” the tourism industry has experienced a downturn, which has affected even the most popular tourist destinations like Gammarth.
Even though its origins can be found in the fishing industry, the backbone of the local economy is now deeply anchored in the field of tourism.
Since 1983, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Gammarth.
Even though more women than men attain university degrees, it is women who struggle to find a job after finishing their education. Data shows that 63% of students and 66% of graduates are women.
Despite doing very well academically, women face significant inequalities in the labour market: they earn less money and have a higher unemployment rate than men.
Around 40% of women with university degrees are unemployed as opposed to around 20% of men.
More boys than girls are affected by child labour. However, girls are more likely to be involved in domestic tasks. The majority of working children are unpaid family workers. They are involved in agriculture, cattle, forestry, and fishing.
Child labour can result in physical and mental harm, and sometimes even death. It can lead to slavery and sexual or economic exploitation. In nearly every case, it prevents children from attending school and receiving health care. This restricts their fundamental rights and threatens their futures.