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New UNICEF reports make violent punishment visible

A major new UNICEF report, Hidden in Plain Sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children, highlights that violent discipline is the most common…

Sixth African state prohibits all corporal punishment of children

The Law on Children and Adolescents 2013, in force 2014, states in article 31 (unofficial translation):

“(1) The family must provide a loving and safe environment that allows the full development of children and adolescents and protects them from any actions affecting their personal integrity.
(2) In exercising the right to correction parents must always…

Global Initiative e-newsletter issue 28 (September 2014)

Major new developments reported in the latest issue of the Global Initiative’s newsletter include prohibition of all corporal punishment in Brazil and Bolivia, a meeting of regional inter-governmental organisations which promoted prohibition and a major new UNICEF report which makes the scale of violent punishment of children visible. It gives news of regional developments…

“Global progress and delay” leaflet – September edition

The Global Initiative’s popular leaflet summarising progress and delay worldwide towards prohibiting corporal punishment in all settings has been revised and updated, showing significant progress towards universal prohibition since the last (March) edition. 

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African e-newsletter issue 16 now available

In this edition of the African newsletter, we are pleased to announce that Cabo Verde has joined the list of states enacting legislation, which prohibits all corporal punishment of children including within the family. With Cabo Verde, there are now 6 African states prohibiting corporal punishment of children in all settings. We hope this newsletter will be a useful resource to support individuals…

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