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Preventing violence against women: The due diligence standard with respect to the obligation to banish gender stereotypes on the grounds of Article 5 (A) of the Cedaw convention

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It is now recognised that violence against women is widely pervasive and structural. This chapter examines the role of Article 5 (a) within the CEDAW Convention, and summarises the findings of research that the author has conducted into the meaning and scope of this provision. A distinction is made between two different types of obligations of the states parties to the CEDAW Convention: (1) obligations with respect to the way women and men are portrayed or represented in social and cultural life and in educational materials; and (2) obligations with respect to eliminating gender stereotypes in law and public policies. The chapter also examines these two obligations in relation to combating violence against women, and discusses some specific problems of the implementation of this provision in relation to this issue. It concludes with a critical question: is due diligence the proper concept as far as combating gender stereotypes is concerned.

Keywords: battered women; CEDAW Convention; due diligence standard; gender stereotypes



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