Gender Stereotyping: Transnational Legal Perspectives

Gender Stereotyping: Transnational Legal Perspectives

by Rebecca J. Cook, Simone Cusack
     
 

ISBN-10: 0812242149

ISBN-13: 9780812242140

Pub. Date: 12/25/2009

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

Drawing on domestic and international law, as well as on judgments given by courts and human rights treaty bodies, Gender Stereotyping offers perspectives on ways gender stereotypes might be eliminated through the transnational legal process in order to ensure women's equality and the full exercise of their human rights.

A leading international framework

Overview

Drawing on domestic and international law, as well as on judgments given by courts and human rights treaty bodies, Gender Stereotyping offers perspectives on ways gender stereotypes might be eliminated through the transnational legal process in order to ensure women's equality and the full exercise of their human rights.

A leading international framework for debates on the subject of stereotypes, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, was adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly and defines what constitutes discrimination against women. It also establishes an agenda to eliminate discrimination in all its forms in order to ensure substantive equality for women. Applying the Convention as the primary framework for analysis, this book provides essential strategies for eradicating gender stereotyping. Its proposed methodology requires naming operative gender stereotypes, identifying how they violate the human rights of women, and articulating states' obligations to eliminate and remedy these violations.

According to Rebecca J. Cook and Simone Cusack, in order to abolish all forms of discrimination against women, priority needs to be given to the elimination of gender stereotypes. While stereotypes affect both men and women, they can have particularly egregious effects on women, often devaluing them and assigning them to subservient roles in society. As the legal perspectives offered in Gender Stereotyping demonstrate, treating women according to restrictive generalizations instead of their individual needs, abilities, and circumstances denies women their human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812242140
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
12/25/2009
Series:
Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Louise Arbour vii

Table of Cases ix

Table of Treaties, Legislation, and Other Relevant Instruments xv

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Understanding Gender Stereotyping 9

Chapter 2 Naming Gender Stereotyping 39

Chapter 3 State Obligations to Eliminate Gender Stereotyping 71

Chapter 4 Gender Stereotyping as a Form of Discrimination 104

Chapter 5 The Role of the Women's Committee in Eliminating Gender Stereotyping 131

Chapter 6 Moving Forward with the Elimination of Gender Stereotyping 173

Appendix A The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women 181

Appendix B The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women 195

Notes 201

Select Bibliography 247

Annotated List of Websites 251

Index 257

Acknowledgments 269

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