International human rights law framework regarding gender stereotyping
International human rights law requires States to address harmful gender stereotypes and wrongful gender stereotyping.
Two international human rights treaties contain express obligations concerning harmful stereotypes and wrongful stereotyping, namely the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
States Parties shall take all appropriate measures:
(a) To modify the social and cultural patterns of conduct of men and women, with a view to achieving the elimination of prejudices and customary and all other practices which are based on the idea of the inferiority or the superiority of either of the sexes or on stereotyped roles for men and women;
States Parties undertake to adopt immediate, effective and appropriate measures to combat stereotypes, prejudices and harmful practices relating to persons with disabilities, including those based on sex and age, in all areas of life.
The rights to non-discrimination and equality provided under other international human rights treaties, such as the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, have also been interpreted to include discrimination and inequality that are rooted in stereotypes, including gender stereotypes.