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Summary Girls with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to corporal punishment – violence from parents, carers and others in the name of “discipline” – the most common form of violence against children. Used to control and regulate their social and sexual behaviour, corporal punishment violates the right of girls with disabilities to respect for their human dignity and physical integrity, and its legality violates their right to equal protection under the law. States have an obligation under international law to expressly prohibit all corporal punishment of children, including girls with disabilities. The Global Initiative urges the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities to specifically address corporal punishment of girls with disabilities in the following sections of its General comment on Article 6: 1. “Introduction” 2. “States parties’ obligations” 3. “Article 17 – Protecting the integrity of the person” There is no more powerful symbol of the low status of children than the legal and social acceptance of corporal punishment – assault which, if perpetrated on an adult, would be unlawful. Violent punishment remains lawful in some or all settings of children’s lives in the majority of states worldwide so that girls and boys, including those with disabilities, can legally be hurt by family members, teachers, carers and others in the name of “discipline”. For girls with disabilities the problem is compounded by the lower worth often ascribed to them and the double discrimination they face on the grounds of their disability and gender. The essence of prohibiting all corporal punishment of children is ensuring that girls and boys with and without disabilities enjoy equal protection under the law on assault, whoever the perpetrator and whether or not the assault is inflicted as “discipline” or punishment. Girls with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to corporal punishment UNICEF statistics from 62 countries published in 2014 show the huge scale of violent punishment of children: about 80% of children aged 2-14 were subjected to “violent discipline” (physical punishment and/or psychological aggression) in the home in the past month, and 17% experienced severe physical punishment (being hit on the head, ears or face or being hit hard and repeatedly). 1 1 UNICEF (2014), Hidden in Plain Sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children , NY: UNICEF 1 Prohibiting and eliminating all corporal punishment of girls with disabilities Submission to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on its draft General comment on Article 6: Women with disabilities [email protected] July 2015
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Children with disabilities are especially likely to experience this and all forms of violence from adults. 2 A study published in 2013, which used UNICEF data on more than 45,000 2-9 year olds from 17 countries, found that children with disabilities were more likely to be physically
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