22 % of Tunisian children are victims of physical violence (survey)
25/06/2019 16:33, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - A national survey conducted by the National Institute of Statistics, in collaboration with the The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), revealed that 22 % of children are victims of physical violence.

The results of the 2018 Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey on Mother and Child in Tunisia, conducted on a sample of 12,000 families, showed that 88 % of children between the ages of 1 and 14 years were severely punished and 84 % were victims of verbal and psychological violence, while 22 % suffered physical violence.

Boys are subjected to physical violence more than girls (89 % compared to 87 %) according to this survey, adding that 1 in 5 of the people are convinced that physical violence is necessary.

The UNICEF representative told a conference in Tunis on Tuesday that the average breastfeeding rate in Tunisia is low and does not exceed 13 %, noting that 8 % of children under five are stunted and 17 % obese.

The results relating to the indicators of healthy child and maternal life were presented on this occasion. This survey reveals that 86 % of Tunisian families benefit from drinking water, 97% from sanitation services and 90 % from basic health services.

With regard to media services and communication media, the survey reported that 97 % of Tunisian families own mobile phones and TV sets, reporting that 58% of women use the Internet compared to 69 % of men.

Director General of the National Institute of Statistics, Adnen Lassoued highlighted disparities in school completion, explaining that the average completion rate at the primary level is 95 %, the average completion rate at the basic level is 74 % and the secondary school completion rate is 49 %.

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