On 30 April, the International Day to #EndCorporalPunishment, join the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children, and partners around the world to call for an end to violent punishment of children.
Across the world, 4 in 5 children aged 2-14 are subjected to violent forms of punishment and discipline at the hands of parents, caregivers and teachers, making corporal punishment the most common form of violence against children – prevalent around the world and occurring in all settings, including in schools and at home.
Governments have a critical role to play and partners large and small are coming together on 30 April for the International Day to #EndCorporal punishment to call for more urgent action to prohibit and eliminate corporal punishment. Enacting and implementing legal reform is key to ending corporal punishment – to send a message that corporal punishment is not acceptable and help shift attitudes and behaviour across society towards positive, non-violent caregiving.
End Violence is catalysing action towards the universal elimination of corporal punishment. Ahead of International Day to #EndCorporalPunishment, explore resources and tools to help combat the practice:
- From Tanzania to Canada, partners are organising, raising awareness and taking action. Explore their efforts.
- Read the implementation guidance describing key steps for moving from prohibition to practical elimination of corporal punishment, available in 10 languages.
- Read this new briefing paper that summarises the evidence available at country-level and research that compares countries with and without the prohibition of corporal punishment.
- So far, 65 states have fully prohibited corporal punishment. Track global progress here and read this interview with the Welsh government on how Wales prohibited corporal punishment and raised awareness to implement the law across the country.
- Find out more about the evidence on the impact and associations of corporal punishment in our research summaries in English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.
- Explore more on the End Corporal Punishment initiative at End Violence.