Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women issues recommendations on corporal punishment

For its 72nd session in March 2019, the Committee issued the following recommendations on corporal punishment: 

  • To Antigua and Barbuda, the Committee expressed concern over the widespread practical and cultural acceptance of corporal punishment in schools. The Committee issued its first recommendation on the issue, recommending that the state explicitly prohibit corporal punishment in schools and provide education and training for teachers and parents on alternative, non-violent forms of discipline.   
  • To Botswana, the Committee urged the state to revise the Education Act, the Education (Corporal Punishment) Regulations and the Children’s Act to prohibit corporal punishment in all settings. 


Further information 

  • For more information, see our detailed reports for Antigua and Barbuda and Botswana. 
  • For further information on the obligation to prohibit corporal punishment under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and to see the Committee’s recommendations in full, see the Global Initiative’s page on CEDAW. 
  • For information on how you can support the campaign to protect all children from corporal punishment, visit our Get involvedpage.