Preventing Child Poverty In Turkey
Swissôtel, Ankara, 12-13 June 2006. Widespread poverty is evident at every level of society, yet the issue continues to be very much a blind spot in public awareness. Even as the detrimental effects of a low standard of living on children, their families and communities remains the most difficult obstacle to development all over the world.
The growth and development of children is threatened daily when crippling financial insecurity continues to obstruct health, education and social security outcomes. As the most socially excluded and vulnerable families negotiate the tightrope of poverty on a daily basis, it is their children, the most vulnerable of the vulnerable, who frequently go without an education, suffer preventable diseases, malnutrition, abuse, exploitation and endure homelessness -- the inevitable consequences of such deprivation.
In Turkey, 32% of the population under 15 years of age, are living with the risk of poverty:
The goal of poverty elimination extends beyond fiscal matters to encompass a range of issues which are crucial to the well-being and development of every child.
In consideration of this complex and urgent issue, the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and the Prime Ministry, Social Services and Child Protection Agency (SHÇEK) with the cooperation of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the European Union (EU) have arranged a conference on Preventing Child Poverty in Ankara between the 12th and 13th of June 2006. The Conference will examine the effects of poverty on children from the global, regional and Turkish perspectives and also look into the issue of social expenditure from the point of view of the child.
A series of panel discussions and presentations during the course of the two-day sitting will review the status quo, assess current statistical data, identify key challenges and examine the policy implications of the following issues:
Budget for Children;
The primary goals of the conference are to:
Conference participants will include representatives of Government Ministries, the European Union, UN agencies, academics, non-governmental agencies, the media, the private sector, families and children.
Ministry: Ministry of Labour and Social Services
For more information:
Sema Hosta, Communications Officer, UNICEF Turkey,