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16 Wash. & Lee J. Civil Rts. & Soc. Just. 47 (2009-2010)
Stereotyping Women in the Health Sector: Lessons from CEDAW

handle is hein.journals/walee16 and id is 53 raw text is: Stereotyping Women in the Health Sector:
Lessons from CEDAW
Simone Cusack* and Rebecca J. Cook
Table of Contents
I.  Introduction  ................................................................................  48
II. Understanding Gender Stereotyping
in  the  Health  Sector ..................................................................  49
A. Wrongful Gender Stereotyping: An Obstacle to
Women's Reproductive Health ......................................... 49
B. Exposing Wrongful Gender Stereotyping in the Health
Sector and Understanding How it Impedes Women's
Access to  Health  Care .......................................................   55
1. Impeding Women's Access to Contraceptives
by Stereotyping Women as Primarily Mothers ............ 56
2. Impeding Access to Abortion by Stereotyping Women
as Weak, Vulnerable and Incompetent
D ecision-m akers .........................................................   65
III. State Obligations to Eliminate Gender
Stereotyping in the Health Sector .............................................. 70
IV .  C onclusion ................................................................................   77
*   Public Interest Lawyer at the Public Interest Law Clearing House (Vic.) Inc.,
(Australia) and Fellow in the International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law
Programme, Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, Canada.
**   Professor of Law, Chair in International Human Rights Law, and Co-Director of
the International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Programme, Faculty of Law,
University of Toronto. The arguments presented in this Article build on those developed
in: REBECCA J. COOK & SIMONE CUSACK, GENDER STEREOTYPING: TRANSNATIONAL LEGAL
PERSPECTIVES (2010). The authors are grateful to Bernard Dickens and Linda Hutjens for
their insightful comments and help, and the anonymous reviewers for their useful comments.

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