Prohibiting violent punishment of girls and boys – a key element in ending family violence.

17 March 2015

The Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children has published a briefing for the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, March 2015.

In 2014 the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women and the Committee on the Rights of the Child identified corporal punishment as a harmful practice and recommended that states amend or adopt legislation with a view to eliminating harmful practices. There is a growing bank of research demonstrating the close links between corporal punishment of children and violence in intimate relationships between adults. For example being physically punished as a child was associated with inflicting violence on a partner or child as an adult in all five studies included in a meta- analysis published by Elizabeth Gershoff in 2002. 

Although the number of countries that prohibit corporal punishment is accelerating (10 in the last year – 44 altogether) there is a long way to go before all children are protected. Prohibiting corporal punishment of children is a key element in addressing violence against children and promoting gender equality.