About Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children
Our vision if to end legalised violence against children through universal prohibition and elimination of all corporal punishment – the most common form of violence against children. Our mission is to work with governments and non-governmental actors towards universal prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment of children. We monitor and report on every country in the world, monitoring prevalence even where prohibition is in place. We work in partnership with human rights and development mechanisms towards prohibition and elimination. We work as a catalyst to end all corporal punishment worldwide, by building relationships with governments to provide technical assistance and to empower them to take responsibility for prohibition and elimination. We act as an up to date and comprehensive ‘source’ on the prohibition of corporal punishment and research on its prevalence, effects and elimination, and support national campaigns and partners with accurate information and assistance, including briefing and reviewing the work of human rights treaty monitoring bodies and the Universal Periodic Review.
We work exclusively to make progress worldwide towards goal 16.2, indicator 2 – the reduction in children’s experience of violent punishment. We track progress towards this goal, provide technical advice and guidance, toolkits and resources and support a global movement of civil society, policy makers, human rights advocates and other actors who work towards the elimination of this form of violence against children, and Agenda 2030.
1 Legal research: Maintaining detailed individual reports for all states 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. 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 this. Reviewing resources on positive, non-violent discipline in childrearing and education, and sharing information about them on our website and in publications. 2 Briefing human rights treaty bodies: Systematically briefing selected treaty monitoring bodies on all states coming up for examination, 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. 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. 3 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