Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children

Launched in Geneva in 2001, the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children aims to act as a catalyst to encourage progress towards ending all corporal punishment in all continents. We work directly with governments, and with UN agencies, human rights institutions and international and national non-government organisations campaigning to promote non-violence. We encourage governments and others to "own" the issue and work actively on it, and support national campaigns with relevant information and assistance. The context for all our work is the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Our activities are designed to promote prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment of children in all settings, including the home.

They include:

  • Maintaining detailed reports on every state and territory worldwide
  • Briefing and reviewing the work of human rights monitoring bodies and the UPR
  • Producing a range of resources to support advocacy to end corporal punishment
  • Providing individualised support and technical assistance to national campaigns
  • Collecting and analysing research on the effects of corporal punishment and the positive impact of prohibition
  • Promoting positive, non-violent discipline

Countries Involved