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April 30, 2023 – International Day to End Corporal Punishment
Today is “an important, global moment to advocate for protecting children from violent forms of punishment - in all settings” (www.end-violence.org/articles/international-day-endcorporalpunishment-2023).
In countries around the world, advocates are diligently working to eliminate the use of corporal punishment. In Canada, advocates are hopeful that a Bill before Senate (S-251) will be successful in repealing section 43 of the federal Criminal Code. Section 43 is used as a legal defense to justify corporal punishment of children by parents, teachers, and guardians. For more information visit Repeal 43 and Senator Kutcher's campaign for the Bill stankutcher.sencanada.ca/en/bill-s-251.
“Over the last 40 years, the number of countries banning corporal punishment has gone from one to 65” (end-violence.org). Click on the following link to see the global progress toward ending all corporal punishment and review the status of progress in your own country endcorporalpunishment.org/countdown.
Research has shown that corporal punishment negatively impacts children’s health and wellbeing. Listen as Dr. Joan Durrant, a longtime child rights advocate for the elimination of corporal punishment, briefly discusses the negative impacts of physical punishment.