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Corporal punishment against girls, an ‘invisible issue’ at the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

From 4 to 15 March 2013, the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) convened its fifty-seventh session in New York. During the session the elimination of all forms of violence against girls was discussed and several positive conclusions and recommendations were made following to the discussion. Unfortunately corporal punishment against girls remained invisible in the final document, despite the fact that eliminating corporal punishment is a key element in the fight to end violence against women and girls.

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On 14 March on behalf of the Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children, and together with the CoNGO Committee on the Rights of the Child, the International Humanist and Ethical Union and the Ribbon International, , Defence for Children International delivered an oral statement meant to stress that prohibition of all corporal punishment is both a basic requirement for the prevention and elimination of violence against girls and a key part of a broader strategy for eliminating violence against women.