Combating Discrimination Based on Sex and Gender

INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS: A TEXTBOOK, Catarina Krause, Martin Scheinin, eds., Abo Akademi University, pp. 206-226, 2009

22 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2009

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Simone A. Cusack

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Rebecca J. Cook

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

This chapter provides an introduction to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Optional Protocol). It examines the object and purpose of CEDAW and considers the obligations imposed on States Parties to protect and promote women’s rights. The Chapter also examines the role and mandate of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, the UN treaty body responsible for monitoring States Parties’ compliance with CEDAW. In so doing, it analyses the Committee’s key jurisprudence under the Optional Protocol. Despite significant normative developments in guaranteeing women’s human rights and fundamental freedoms, intractable forms of discrimination against women persist, including gender stereotyping. The chapter concludes by examining some of the challenges that lay ahead for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women and the realization of substantive equality.

Keywords: CEDAW, Convention on the elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, gender discrimination, sex discrimination, Optional Protocol

JEL Classification: K00, K10, K33

Suggested Citation

Cusack, Simone A. and Cook, Rebecca J., Combating Discrimination Based on Sex and Gender (2009). INTERNATIONAL PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS: A TEXTBOOK, Catarina Krause, Martin Scheinin, eds., Abo Akademi University, pp. 206-226, 2009 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1499367

Simone A. Cusack

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Rebecca J. Cook (Contact Author)

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law ( email )

78 Queen's Park Cr.
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C5
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