Programmes 2006–2010: Advocacy, Information and Social Policy

Social Policy, Children’s Rights Awareness and Monitoring

A mother and baby girl

Data and analysis on urban inequalities such as poverty and access to health services is insufficient to direct resources towards improving provision of important basic services to women and children.
Photograph by Rana Mullan © UNICEF Turkey 2006


Social Policy, Children’s Rights Awareness and Monitoring aims to develop institutional capacities for generating and analysing data and to advocate and report on the rights of children and women.

Results achieved so far

  • The findings of two parliamentary inquiries into violence against boys and girls at school, within the community and at home contributed to a prime ministerial circular for preventing and combating violence against women and children.
  • The reduction and eventual elimination of child poverty has been acknowledged as a national priority in the 9th National Development Plan, the Joint Inclusion Memorandum and other important governmental strategy documents.
  • The establishment of a children’s complaint mechanism has been included in the draft ombudsman law.
  • Twenty–five out of eighty–one child–led Provincial Children’s Rights Committees conducted a children’s Rights Awareness Campaign throughout 2007.
  • The increased capacity of the Child–friendly Media Network has led to the publication of over 3,000 articles on child–related issues.

Project Partner

Ministry of Justice, Parliament, the Turkish Bar Association, The Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MOLSS), The Social Services and Child Protection Agency (SHÇEK), The State Planning Organisation (SPO), Local Agenda 21, non–governmental organisations (NGOs), 81 Provincial Children’s Rights Committees, the private sector and the media.

Social Investment for Children

Girls and boys in a a schoolyard in Northwestern Turkey

The writing on the wall reads Child–friendly City, Tekirdağ 2006.
Photograph by Rana Mullan © UNICEF Turkey 2006


The primary objective of Social Investment for Children is to strengthen the ability of parliamentarians to advocate on critical issues affecting children by providing them with evidence–based information. The second objective of the project is to build the capacity of eight municipalities to develop and manage appropriate tools for monitoring the state of children locally and to take corrective action when needed.

Results achieved so far

  • The Ministry of Interior (MOI) has developed and implemented a set of 25 Quality of Life Indicators (25QLI) measuring the well being of children and progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) along with a complementary monitoring system, DevInfoTürk.
  • Data based on the 25QLI for the years 2003–2007 is currently being assimilated in preparation for a nationwide roll–out of the DevInfoTürk system in the first quarter of 2008.
  • A Child–friendly City Standard has been developed and is being piloted in eight cities.

Project Partner

MOI, SHÇEK, Ministry of National Education (MONE), Turkstat and the Ministry of Health (MOH).

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