Africa progress briefing 2016


Prohibiting all corporal punishment of children in Africa: progress and delay


Published by

Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children 


Publication date

April 2016


Type of publication




English, French


This leaflet graphically illustrates the progress (and delay) towards prohibition of all corporal punishment in Africa, where seven states have achieved prohibition in all settings and recommendations to do so have been accepted by 19 states. It lists some of the states in which governments are most resistant to reform – including those where judicial corporal punishment of children is lawful, those in which corporal punishment is not prohibited in any setting and those which have received three recommendations concerning corporal punishment from the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child but have still not achieved prohibition in all settings. It also summarises research which shows the appalling levels of punitive violence experienced by children in Africa. Designed to encourage urgent action, the briefing highlights immediate opportunities for prohibiting corporal punishment in around 43 African states.


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