Zambia becomes the 64th state worldwide to ban all violent punishment in childraising.

19 December, 2022

The announcement below is forwarded from the International Society for Social Paediatrics and Child Health (HIFA's partner for our global child health forum CHIFA)


Dear friends and colleagues,

Zambia prohibits all corporal punishment of children!

We are delighted to tell you that Zambia has become the 64th state worldwide and the 11th in Africa to prohibit all corporal punishment of children! Zambia achieved full prohibition with the enactment of the Children’s Code Act No. 12 of 2022. Section 22 of the Children’s Code Act No. 12 of 2022 states: “A person shall not impose corporal punishment

as a form of punishment on a child.”

The new Code also enacted many other critical reforms and protections for children, including the prohibition of child marriage, FGM, sexual harassment, an obligation on all institutions to implement child safeguarding and protection procedures, and more.

Read more about Zambia’s milestone Children’s Code here.

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