What we do
The Global Initiative carries out a wide range of activities specifically designed to promote law reform to prohibit corporal punishment of children in all settings and to support others in doing so. Some aspects of this work are described further below.
Legal research and review of research and resources
- Maintaining detailed individual reports for all states and territories worlwide, including information on the legality of corporal punishment in each setting (home, alternative care, day care, schools, penal institution and as a sentence for crime) and the law reform necessary to achieve prohibition, summaries of prevalence research and relevant recommendations made by human rights treaty bodies and during the Universal Periodic Review.
- Producing and disseminating global and regional summaries of progress towards prohibition, including annual global reports and occasional regional reports.
- Identifying opportunities for law reform to prohibit corporal punishment in all regions - including laws being reviewed or revised, bills under discussion and harmonisation of national laws with human rights standards - and maintaining this information on our website.
- Monitoring research on the nature and prevalence of corporal punishment worldwide, its harmful impact on children and societies and the positive impact of prohibition and other measures to reduce its use; producing summaries of this research and sharing them on our website, in our country reports, e-newsletters and publications.
- Reviewing resources on positive, non-violent discipline in childrearing and education, and sharing information about them on our website and in publications.
Briefing and reviewing the work of human rights treaty bodies
- Systematically briefing selected treaty monitoring bodies on all states coming up for examination: briefings are currently submitted to the: - Committee on the Rights of the Child - Committee Against Torture - Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women - Human Rights Committee - Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights - Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Universal Periodic Review - Regional human rights monitoring bodies.
- Encouraging and supporting national organisations in submitting briefings to treaty monitoring bodies, by sharing our submissions in advance of the deadline, announcing deadlines in our online country reports and e-newsletters, and providing all necessary technical advice and support.
- Monitoring recommendations made by treaty bodies and under the Universal Periodic Review by reviewing all concluding observations and final reports as soon as they are issued, including all relevant extracts on our country reports and on our website, and providing summaries of outcomes in our e-newsletters. We also keep an ongoing analysis of these recommendations for use in advocacy for law reform.
- Promoting action in response to recommendations made by treaty bodies and under the UPR, by writing to governments, ministers, national human rights institutions and national non-governmental organisations to encourage and support implementation of recommendations.
Promoting and pursuing advocacy
- Providing support and advice on campaigning for law reform and effective implementation of legal bans, including through publications, law reform workshops and individually tailored advice and support to national partners and campaigns.
- Providing technical assistance on drafting prohibiting legislation, including formal and informal comments on bills and draft laws in individual states, as appropriate.
- Promoting advocacy for prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment in related areas of human rights, including health, disability, and women and girls, and in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals and regional development agendas.
- Encouraging legal action in states which appear to be making no progress, including through constitutional challenges to corporal punishment or the use of human rights complaints or communications mechanisms.
- Keeping children's right to equal protection from assault on the agenda by contributing to dialogues and keeping advocates informed on opportunities and developments at the national, regional and global level.
In 2015, an independent evaluation of the Global Initiative was funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, with support from the Oak Foundation. It was carried out by Carol Bower, an independent children’s rights consultant based in South Africa.
The report of the evaluation includes a history of the Global Initiative and a description of its activities and advocacy methods.