Research on sexism and CEDAW

The PILP, in cooperation with the Clara Wichmann Proefprocessenfonds, has initiated an investigation into the applicability of the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in cases of alleged public sexism. The PILPG has conducted previous research into this topic.

In their first research paper, entitled Sexism in advertising: international framework under the CEDAW, PILPG analysed the relevant provisions of CEDAW applicable to advertisements containing negative gender stereotypes or sexist content. They further look to the way in which the CEDAW Committee has deliberated on cases of sexism in advertising and discusses the obligations of State parties in this context.

The second research paper, Legal frameworks regarding sexism in advertising: comparison of national systems, demonstrates that regulatory bodies in neighbouring countries such as France, Germany, and the United Kingdom do look at whether advertisements contain gender stereotypes or sexist content when assessing them.

For more information on the work of the PILP in the file concerning sexism and CEDAW, please click here.