ACERWC recommends prohibition of corporal punishment at 30th session

Concluding observations from the 30th session of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child’s in December 2017 have been published. Both states reviewed received recommendations to prohibit all corporal punishment of children: The Committee noted that corporal punishment was still “highly practiced” in Angola and recommended that the Government […]

Zimbabwe Constitutional Court outlaws judicial corporal punishment

On 3 April 2019, the Constitutional Court of Zimbabwe ruled that, with immediate effect, no male juvenile convicted of any offence could be sentenced to receive corporal punishment. The prohibition was extended to apply to sentences of corporal punishment which had already been imposed but were awaiting execution. The decision confirmed a 2014 judgment by […]

New global group looks at data and evidence to end violence against children

A new global group met in Florence, Italy last week to examine progress and gaps in evidence to help achieve an end to violence against children. On 18-19 March 2019, the Global Initiative joined representatives from UNICEF, UNESCO, WHO, the Global Partnership to End Violence Violence Against Children and more at the Multi-stakeholder Forum on […]

States receive recommendations on corporal punishment at UPR 32

The issue of corporal punishment of children was raised with several of the states under review at the Universal Periodic Review’ 32nd session in January/February 2019: Vanuatu supported several clear recommendations to explicitly prohibit corporal punishment of children in all settings. In light of recent governmental declarations, we are seeking confirmation that Vanuatu is indeed […]

Supporting moves to end violence against children in Côte d’Ivoire

The Ivorian Child Rights Coalition, in partnership with the Global Initiative and Save the Children Côte d’Ivoire, in collaboration with the Ministry in charge of child protection and with funding from the INSPIRE fund, held a workshop on the “harmonisation of national legislation with international and regional standards” which focused specifically on corporal punishment, child […]