The work of the Global Initiative

The Global Initiative carries out a wide range of activities specifically designed to promote law reform to prohibit corporal punishment of children in all settings and to support others in doing so. These include briefing and reviewing the work of human rights monitoring bodies, carrying out legal research and collecting and analysing other research and information on positive, non-violent discipline, working directly with governments considering law reform and working with UN agencies, human rights institutions and international and national non-government organisations campaigning to promote reform. Some aspects of this work are described further below. For further enquiries, use our online contact form or email


Promoting and pursuing advocacy for the prohibition and elimination of corporal punishment of children

  • Commenting on draft legislation and bills in individual states - formal and informal comments and legal reform workshops as appropriate.
  • Providing technical support and advice on campaigning for law reform - through publications, legal reform workshops and individually tailored advice and support.
  • Promoting advocacy for prohibition in related areas of human rights.
  • Encouraging legal action in states which appear to be making no progress (e.g. constitutional challenges to corporal punishment or the use of human rights complaints/communications mechanisms).
  • Keeping advocates informed of advocacy opportunities and developments.

Briefing and reviewing the work of human rights treaty monitoring bodies

  • Briefing treaty monitoring bodies on states coming up for examination - briefings on all states being examined are submitted to the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Committee Against Torture, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, the Human Rights Committee, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Universal Periodic Review, as well as to regional human rights monitoring bodies. We are keen to support national organisations in submitting briefings: deadlines are announced in our e-newsletters (see below) and we can provide all necessary technical advice and support.
  • Monitoring recommendations made by treaty bodies - we review the concluding observations of the treaty bodies as soon as they are issued, include relevant extracts on our website and in individual country reports, and provide summaries in our e-newsletters. We keep an ongoing analysis of these recommendations for use in advocacy for law reform.
  • Promoting law follow-up to recommendations - writing to governments, ministers, national human rights institutions and national non-governmental organisations to encourage and support implementation of recommendations to prohibit corporal punishment in all settings, including the home.

Conducting legal research and reviewing other research and positive discipline materials

  • Producing individual country reports - reports for all states and territories include information 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.
  • Preparing and disseminating global and regional summaries of progress towards prohibition, annual global reports and occasional regional reports.
  • Identifying opportunities for law reform in all regions - information is maintained on opportunities for prohibiting corporal punishment, including laws being reviewed/revised, bills under discussion and harmonisation of national laws with human rights standards.
  • Preparing and disseminating summaries of research on the nature and prevalence of corporal punishment and its harmful impact on children and societies - on our website, in our e-newsletters and in our publications.
  • Reviewing and disseminating information on positive, non-violent discipline in childrearing and education - on our website and in publications.


Independent evaluation

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.


Further information

Global Initiative information and publications are freely available on our website. For further details on any aspect of our work and for technical advice and support on all aspects of law reform please use our online contact form or email us at To subscribe to any or all of our e-newsletters, click here.

This is an automatic translation service. Extracts from laws, treaty body recommendations and Universal Periodic Review outcomes are unofficial translations.