What we did: We completed a training series on Article 49 in the Tunisian Constitution for the national network of child protection delegates, family judges and judges specializing in child law in Tunisia.

What we achieved: We supported constitutional implementers in interpreting and operating constitutional provisions in Article 49 of the Constitution in a manner that respects human rights by strengthening the collaboration between institutions involved in the protection of children’s rights in Tunisia. 

Who we did it with: Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, the national network of child protection delegates, family judges and judges specializing in child law in Tunisia

Impact area: Constitution-Building Processes

Project name: Article 49

Donor: Federal Foreign Office in the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Award period: 2020 to 2022

Boundary partners: Judges and decision makers of public institutions

 

International IDEA has run a two-year project in Tunisia, funded by Germany’s Federal Foreign Office, dedicated to promoting a deeper awareness of how the 2014 Constitution, in general, and Article 49, in particular, has changed the framework for the protection of fundamental rights.

Among the beneficiaries of the project are child protection delegates. The national network of child protection delegates is the most prominent mechanism in the field of the social protection of children in Tunisia. 

The training results exceeded expectations. According to the delegates, it was the first training that went beyond the beaten track to equip them with the means, methodology and reasoning appropriate to the performance of their duties. 

One of the participants, a young female delegate, even wrote a poem to thank International IDEA for the relevance of the project:

 

Stand up in respect of Article 49, for the article is almost a way out of every shortcoming

What harm would all delegates take if they took it as a reference in every measure and a clear measure of any violation or change?

Would you contribute to him in talking about him more expressively and made him at home a famous celebrity?

Without you, we would not have had this knowledge.

All our thanks and recognition go to you dear experts

 

At the end of this training series, International IDEA decided to act on a recommendation by the delegates to train family judges and judges specializing in child law. Such trainings were undertaken in November and the feedback from participants is that the series of trainings has strengthened the collaboration between institutions involved in the protection of children’s rights. It has done so by equipping the institutions with a joint framework for action regarding vulnerable children, guided by Article 49.

Ensuring a consistent understanding of the provisions of Article 49 of the Constitution and entrenching the application of the principle of proportionality by the various actors in child protection has become a main objective of the project.