From 4 to 15 March 2013, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) convened its fifty-seventh session in New York. Defence for Children International (DCI), on behalf of the CoNGO Committee on Child Rights, the International Humanist & Ethical Union and Ribbon International submitted an oral statement on the elimination of corporal punishment of girls. DCI, together with the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children, also prepared a flyer to highlight the issue of corporal punishment of girls.
The draft agreed conclusions of CSW’s 57th session, released on 8 February 2013, ignore the issue of corporal punishment of girls. Despite coverage of the issue, including a recommendation to adopt measures to address corporal punishment, in the Secretary General’s report on prevention of violence against women and girls, the draft agreed conclusions ignore this most common form of violence against girls, failing to note that prohibition of all corporal punishment is key for the prevention and elimination of violence against girls.