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
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