About the Global Initiative
The Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children was launched in Geneva in 2001. It aims to act as a catalyst to encourage more action and progress towards ending all corporal punishment in all continents; to encourage governments and others to "own" the issue and work actively on it, and to support national campaigns with relevant information and assistance. The context for all its work is implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Its aims are supported by UNICEF, UNESCO, human rights institutions, and international and national NGOs. The full list of supporting organisations and influential individuals is available on the supporters page; organisations wishing to sign up can do so here.
In 2015, an independent evaluation of the Global Initiative was funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, with support from the Oak Foundation. It was carried out by Carol Bower, an independent children’s rights consultant based in South Africa. The report of the evaluation includes a history of the Global Initiative and a description of its activities and advocacy methods.
Board of Trustees
- Denise Stuckenbruck became Chair of the Global Initiative in August 2017, and is currently a principal consultant at Oxford Policy Management where she provides technical assistance to policy makers all over the world in areas related to child protection and social welfare. She has nearly 20 years of experience working with child protection programmes, most of these internationally, with Save the Children, UNICEF and 4Children.
- Anne Crowley is an Associate at Cardiff University and an adviser to the Council of Europe, having had a long career with Save the Children. In addition to being a trustee for the Global Initiative. Anne is also a member of the policy advisory board at Voices from Care, a trustee of Play Wales and Chair of CASCADE’s policy and practice board.
- Gerison Lansdown was the Founder Director of the Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) and, over the past 17 years, has worked as an international children’s rights consultant and advocate, publishing and lecturing widely on the subject of children’s rights. She has an Honorary Doctorate from the Open University, an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire, is a Senior Associate of the International Institute for Child Rights and Development in Victoria and is Chair of Child to Child.
- Suresh Patel is a trainee solicitor with Memery Crystal LLP. His background experience spans teaching and lecturing, including running theatre workshops for young, newly arriving refugees and asylum seekers, as well as political research and charity work with Protimos, which challenges the exploitation of communities in Southern Africa by training local lawyers to support those communities in asserting their legal rights.
The Global Initiative currently comprises eight staff covering GI’s advocacy, legal and communications work and organisational development; seven are currently based in the UK and our Africa Project Coordinator is based in Pretoria, South Africa.
The Global Initiative is administered by the Association for the Protection of All Children, APPROACH Ltd, a registered charity No. 328132. Registered office The Foundry, 17 Oval Way, London SE11 5RR, UK.