Ahead of Universal Children’s Day (20 November), the Global Initiative, Save the Children and the Churches’ Network for Non-violence are delighted to launch Ending corporal punishment of children – a handbook for multi-religious gatherings, marking the 10th anniversaries of the UN Study on Violence against Children and A Multi-religious Commitment to End Violence against Children – Kyoto Declaration. This substantial resource which has been written in consultation with religious leaders and faith-based communities is based on the premises that the major religions profess respect for the inherent dignity of every person, including children and that the universal principles of compassion, justice, equality and non-violence are central to religious teachings.
Recognising the many opportunities faith-based communities have to promote prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment of children including through religious and spiritual observances such as pilgrimages, prayers, retreats, vigils and religious and spiritual teachings, the handbook highlights opportunities for advocacy and action and encourages multi-religious collaboration including through global movements to end violence against children.
The handbook also contains a guide to reflection and discussion on A Multi-religious Commitment to End Violence against Children – Kyoto Declaration. This guide is also available in booklet form.