New report tracks progress in Pathfinding countries

The Agenda 2030 for Children: End Violence Solutions Summit takes place in Stockholm, Sweden, this week on 14-15 February 2018. Ahead of the Summit, the Global Initiative is delighted to present a new report tracking progress on ending corporal punishment of children in Pathfinding countries. These countries have committed to three to five years of accelerated action towards target 16.2 […]

Global report tracking progress to December 2017 is out now!

As another big year in the journey to end all corporal punishment of children comes to a close, the Global Initiative, in collaboration with Save the Children Sweden, is delighted to present our annual global report tracking progress towards universal prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment to December 2017. The report, Ending legalised violence against children: Global progress […]

Global report 2016 is out now

The year 2016 marked the 10th anniversary of the presentation of the World Report on Violence against Children to the UN General Assembly. The Global Initiative and Save the Children Sweden are delighted to present this year’s edition of our annual global report, marking this 10th anniversary and celebrating the significant progress made towards universal prohibition of […]

Global report 2015 is now available

The year 2015 has witnessed a milestone in progress towards universal prohibition of corporal punishment of children: now, more than half of UN member states have achieved prohibition in all settings, including the home, or are committed to doing so. In total, 48 states have now prohibited all corporal punishment and Governments in another 52 […]

Independent evaluation of the Global Initiative

The report of an independent evaluation of the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children is available here. The evaluation was funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), supported by the Oak Foundation. The evaluation was carried out, and the report written, by Carol Bower, an independent children’s rights consultant based in […]

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 […]

New report on corporal punishment and juvenile justice

Antigua and Barbuda Corporal Punishment Act 1949, Bangladesh Whipping Act 1909, Barbados Corporal Punishment Act 1899, Botswana Children’s Act 2009, Brunei Darussalam Sharia Penal Code 2013, Dominica Corporal Punishment Act 1987, Singapore Criminal Procedure Code 2010, Tuvalu Island Courts Act 1965, Tanzania Corporal Punishment Ordinance 1930 … These are just a few of the laws […]

Global Report 2014 now available

Remarkable progress has been made in the past year towards universal prohibition of all corporal punishment: now 44 states have achieved this fundamental reform, and governments in a further 45 have expressed their commitment to doing so. Celebration of this accelerating progress is a fitting way to mark the 25th anniversary of the Convention on […]

New report highlights opportunities for prohibition in West and Central Africa

West and Central Africa is home to nearly 237 million children. Of these, 96.5% live in states where they are not legally protected from corporal punishment in the family home and other settings. The Global Initiative’s new report, published jointly with Plan International and Save the Children, reviews progress towards prohibition of corporal punishment of […]

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 form of violence against children and that more than two billion children worldwide are not legally protected from all corporal punishment. Emphasizing that violent discipline violates children’s rights as set forth in […]