A world in which all children live a life free from violence
To end violence against children through universal prohibition and elimination of all corporal punishment – the most pervasive and accepted form of violence against children
We work as a catalyst to end all corporal punishment worldwide by:
- Conducting and supporting national, regional and international advocacy with accurate information and tailored technical resources, guidance and assistance
- Providing an up to date and comprehensive knowledge hub with evidence on the legal status of corporal punishment, its prevalence and effects and tools to secure its elimination
- Providing technical assistance to governments and civil society, supporting them to prohibit and eliminate corporal punishment
- Supporting a global movement of almost 2,000 partners and supporters covering all continents
Child and human rights are at the centre of what we do and how we work. Our focus is on the equal protection of children in law and in society – we place their safety, well-being and their right to respect and dignity at the centre of our work, and we respect human rights through the way we work with each other and our partners.
Our effectiveness depends on the accuracy and reliability of the information and advice we provide, and our reputation is based on our consistency and accuracy, and our commitment to transparency and an evidence-based approach.
We respect and value each other and our partners. We ensure our work is accessible, appropriate, built on empathy and understanding of others’ viewpoints, and builds strong and supportive partnerships.
We are committed to our vision and mission. We are positive, but we recognise the challenges, and are prepared for and committed to the long-term work required to prohibit and eliminate violence against children.
Board of Trustees
Anne joined GI's Board early 2018 and was appointed Chair in 2019. Following a long career with Save the Children, Anne is currently an Associate at Cardiff University, an adviser to the Council of Europe, a member of the policy advisory board at Voices from Care, a trustee of Play Wales and Chair of the policy and practice board at CASCADE (Children's Social Care Research and Development Centre).
Richard is Founder-Director of SafeForChildren, an international consultancy supporting organisations to become child safe, and is Senior Associate at Global Child Protection Services. Based in Swansea, Richard was previously the Director of Global Safeguarding at Save the Children International/UK, following a distinguished social work career spanning many decades.
Denise has nearly 20 years' experience working with child protection programmes, mostly internationally with Save the Children, UNICEF, 4Children and Oxford Policy Management. She is currently based in Nairobi where she is Team Leader with Options, implementing a programme on Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights for adolescent girls in Kenya and Nigeria.
Suresh is currently a trainee solicitor with Memery Crystal LLP. His previous experience spans teaching and lecturing, including theatre workshops for young, newly arriving refugees and asylum seekers, as well as political research and charity work with Protimos, which trains local lawyers to support communities in Southern Africa to assert their legal rights.
Mariela coordinated EU programmes to reform the child protection system in Romania (1999-2006) and was Secretary of State for children’s rights in Romania (2007-2009). She holds an MSc in International Human Rights Law and a doctoral degree in Education from the University of Oxford, where she currently works in the Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education.
Currently Head of Data Policy at the Department of Health, where she held various policy roles since 2000, Helena previously established a legacy for the World Dementia Council, led a team implementing medical education policy and worked in a number of trade unions. She holds academic qualifications from City University Business School and the University of York.
Marta Arranz CalamitaTrustee
Marta is currently Senior Advisor - Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning at Oak Foundation in Geneva, having worked in the field of international development and human rights with large INGOs, multilaterals and as an independent consultant. A lawyer by training, she has also worked as a family mediator and with secondary schools on peer mediation services.
Anna HenryDirector email@example.com
Anna joined the Global Initiative as Director in September 2017 with 20 years’ experience in the human rights field, most recently at the office of the Children’s Commissioner for England, where she chaired the UK’s Anti Bullying Alliance and the Children’s Subgroup of the UK NPM under OPCAT. She previously worked at the UK’s NHRI and Amnesty International UK. Anna leads on the Middle East and is based in London.
Daisy BadhamDevelopment Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Daisy leads on our fundraising strategy and continued sustainability. Before joining in 2019, she worked in fundraising and communications at the human rights charity Prisoners Abroad, and has previously worked in various national and international human rights organisations. Daisy holds an MA in Global Ethics and Human Values from Kings College London. She works full time and is based in London.
Tina FoulkesFinance and Operations Manager email@example.com
Tina is responsible for finance, IT, human resources and general administration. Before joining the Global Initiative in 2014, she worked in managerial and operational roles in both the academic and private sectors, and as a family worker for Action for Children. Tina has a degree in maths from University College London. She works full time and is based in London.
Sonia VohitoAfrica Project Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Sonia promotes law reform and supports national campaigns across Africa. She has extensive advocacy and management experience in the non-profit sector in the UK and Africa, and holds postgraduate qualifications in international law and voluntary sector management. Currently a PhD candidate in comparative constitutional law, Sonia works part-time and is based in Pretoria, South Africa.
Tríona LenihanAdvocacy and Communications Manager email@example.com
Tríona leads on the Americas, and GI's work on implementing prohibition; she coordinates our communications, monitors research and supports national campaigns. Before joining in 2015, she worked with Penal Reform International and the Irish Penal Reform Trust. Based in London, she holds a BCL and LLM in International Human Rights Law and Public Policy from University College Cork.
Bess HerbertAdvocacy and Partnerships Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Bess leads on Asia and the Pacific; she coordinates regular follow up of treaty body and UPR recommendations, and lobbying prior to examination; and also leads on translation, works on publications and supports national campaigns. Bess joined the Global Initiative in 2011, having worked with the Children's Commissioner for London and the Children's Rights Alliance for England. She works part-time and is based in London.
Eloïse Di GianniLegal Policy Manager email@example.com
Since 2016, Eloïse maintains our legal information, provides technical assistance on drafting legislation, and coordinates briefing of treaty bodies and the UPR. She also leads on Europe. Based in London, she previously interned with Child Rights International Network, Consortium for Street Children and CARE International UK. She holds a LLM in International Law and International Relations from the Universite d’Auvergne.
Jaanki PatelAdvocacy Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org
Jaanki supports GI's global advocacy, particularly engagement with the UN human rights system, implementation of our global communications strategy and supporter engagement. Before joining in 2019, she worked with Penal Reform International, Medair UK and Cities for Children. She holds an MA in Human Rights from UCL and Law degree from the University of Nottingham. Jaanki works part time and is based in London.
We are grateful for the support of volunteers who contribute their time and expertise to help us achieve our mission and strategic aims.