If Cabinet goes ahead with the process to enact the requisite legislation, it will be illegal for parents and caregivers to hit children.
Laughter can be nurturing but some issues are simply off limits.
A Ugandan maid, who made headlines after a video showing her torturing a toddler was released, has been given four years in jail for abuse.
We glibly make light of violent abuse by calling those who perpetrate sex crimes 'pests'.
Gender-based abuse costs South Africa up to R40bn a year, but can be tackled at its root by dads taking an active role in caring for their children.
The endless refrain of child molestation, rape, murder, incest, violence goes on and on and on.
The most devastating impact of violence comes not from wars, but from child and woman abuse; an area often neglected and needing much more attention.
Data shows that over 30% of parents use severe corporal punishment, but the law should not allow it, writes Carol Bower and Wessel van den Berg.
Panyaza Lesufi has told a school to say sorry after female learners were allegedly checked for sexual activity after a bloodied condom was found.
The head of the Catholic Church has appointed the first eight members of a panel announced in December to tackle paedophilia scandals in the church.
Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai is deciding whether to veto a "backward" law that would restrict prosecutions for domestic and child abuse.
Political leaders need to get their priorities straightened out when it comes to homosexuality versus child abuse, writes Jane Raphaely.
Mariella Furrer talks to us after completing a moving, shocking and incredibly important body of work on child sexual abuse in South Africa.
Following the rape of a baby and toddler in the week, President Jacob Zuma and Minister Lulu Xingwana have condemned sexual attacks on children.
Mariella Furrer confronts her demons in her book, "My Piece of Sky", as she untangles the horror of child sexual abuse. (Trigger warning)
Morocco says King Mohammed VI "would never have consented" to Daniel Galvan Vina's release had he known the nature of the man's crimes.
Riot police have broken up a protest by Moroccan demonstrators late on Friday against a royal pardon for a Spanish paedophile.
To criticise the way many black parents discipline their children shows a lack of understanding of the complex nature of society, writes Khaya Dlanga.
Child rights activists say the rape of a five-year-old girl is the latest case in which India's police have failed to act on a missing child report.