West and Central Africa briefing 2017


Progress towards prohibiting all corporal punishment of children in West and Central Africa

Published by

Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children & Save the Children

Publication date

October 2017

Type of publication



English, French


This briefing highlights the human rights imperative to prohibit all violent punishment of children in all West and Central African states. It summarises progress so far and what remains to be done to achieve prohibition in each state. Designed to promote national action, it highlights immediate opportunities to fulfil children's right to equal protection in the many West and Central African states where legislation related to children and families is currently being reformed. The adoption of commitments to end all violence against children, including specifically corporal punishment, in Africa’s Agenda for Children 2040 and the global 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, provide additional and immediate contexts for focussing attention on fulfilling this most fundamental obligation under human rights law.

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West and Central Africa briefing 2017 (EN)
Progress towards prohibiting all corporal punishment of children in West and Central Africa
West and Central Africa briefing 2017 (FR)
Progrès vers l’interdiction des châtiments corporels des enfants en Afrique occidentale et centrale