Rebecca Cook


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    Stereotyping in Reproductive
    Health Gender stereotyping refers to the treatment
    of the sexes according to social and cultural
    constructions of women and men, due to their
    different physical, biological, sexual and social
    functions, not according to their individual
    attributes. This presentation will examine how
    wrongful stereotyping of women harms their
    dignity and prevents them from accessing abortion
    services according to their own individual needs
    and circumstances. It will explain how international
    and regional human rights treaty bodies and
    national constitutional courts are holding states
    legally accountable for failing to eliminate harmful
    gender stereotypes. In conclusion, it will explore
    what implications the evolving law against harmful
    gender stereotyping might have for abortion laws
    and policies more generally.