Your Middle East
Last updated: 3 December, 2014

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More than three years have passed since the Tunisian revolution. Things have changed in the political sphere with a new constitution that is empowering youth participation, however, the youth very much remain marginalised. Why is that?

A large share of Tunisia’s youth is considered Not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET): in the rural areas as many as 2 in 5 are NEET.

Labour market insecurity is a big problem, as most job openings are informal contracts. Therefore only 1 in 3 of the country’s young workers have secure contracts or access to basic social protection. Most of the employed youth work with low-skilled jobs, mainly in the low productivity sector.

Gender gaps in employment also remain a challenge and young entrepreneurs struggle to gain access to finance.

Political participation is low, less than 1 in 4 young men and less than 1 in 7 young women say they are knowledgeable about politics.

There is also a widespread distrust in the government: only 8.8% of the country’s rural youth and 31.1% of the urban youth trust the political system.