New global report on prohibiting corporal punishment in schools

More than 25 years since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child and nearly a decade since the recommendation of the UN Study on Violence against Children to urgently prohibit all corporal punishment, a staggering number of laws are still in force authorising violent punishment of children in schools and setting […]

Continuing the drive towards prohibition in Latin America – updated briefing from the Global Initiative

Latin America is making remarkable progress towards prohibiting all corporal punishment of children. Eight of the 19 Latin American states have now enacted legislation which protects children from corporal punishment in all settings, including the home; prohibition is actively under discussion in others. And while globally just 9% of children are fully protected in law […]

New summary of faith support for prohibition worldwide

Faith-based support is an integral part of the global movement for prohibition of corporal punishment of children. Universal and religious values of compassion, justice, equality and non-violence transcend the­ological and denominational differences and form a basis for multi-religious cooperation towards eliminating violence against children. Growing numbers of religious communities and organisations regard ending legalised violence […]

New handbook for worship and gatherings

The Churches’ Network for Non-violence and the Global Initiative are delighted to announce the long anticipated publication of the new handbook, Ending corporal punishment of children – a handbook for worship and gatherings. This substantial new resource offers a variety of tools to support a faith-based approach to the prohibition of corporal punishment and the fostering […]

Global Initiative e-newsletter issue 30 (March 2015)

Two more states – Andorra and Benin – have achieved full prohibition of corporal punishment of children since the last Global Initiative newsletter in December 2014, bringing the total number of states to 46 (seven in Africa, 28 in Europe). In this newsletter, the Global Initiative reports on these developments and more, including a European […]

Two more states achieve prohibition

Benin and Andorra have joined the list of states prohibiting all corporal punishment, bringing the global total to 46 (seven in Africa, 28 in Europe). Benin’s new Children’s Code 2015, passed by the National Assembly on 26 January, states in article 39 that discipline by parents and others must respect the child’s human dignity. Article […]

African e-newsletter issue 18 (March 2015)

In this edition of the African newsletter, Benin is added to the list of countries prohibiting all corporal punishment of children, bringing the total number of prohibiting African states to seven. The Global Initiative also reports on progress towards prohibition in Uganda and Zimbabwe, highlights treaty body recommendations to prohibit corporal punishment in all settings […]

March 2015 edition of the Global Progress and Delay leaflet

The latest edition of the Global Initiative’s popular leaflet summarising progress towards universal prohibition of corporal punishment is now available. Prohibiting all corporal punishment of children: progress and delay lists on the one hand the 44 states which have now prohibited all corporal punishment and the 48 states where governments are committed to law reform, and […]