Review of Article 5 of Cedaw

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THE ARTICLE
Article 5: Gender roles and stereotypes
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; (b) To ensure that family education includes a proper understanding of maternity as a social function and the recognition of the common responsibility of men and women in the upbringing and development of their children, it being understood that the interest of the children is the primordial consideration in all cases. OVERVIW OF THE SITUATION

Women are still viewed as and believed to act in some certain ‘acceptable’ ways both in their socio-economic life and choice of careers and profession. This has limited their involvement in most decision making cadre of the society. The gender roles and stereotypes we still experience are based on the cultural and religious beliefs that affect decisions that men and women make on issue that affect women. WomenAid Collective (2008). They also opined that women are still relegated to the careers that are regarded “feminine’, thus enabling them to explore their natural potentials. A link between discrimination and women’s reproductive role reoccurs through the Convention that article 5 provides for ''a proper understanding of maternity as a social function", demanding fully shared responsibility for child-rearing by both sexes. According to WomenAid Collective (2008) the maternal function of women is not being appreciated hence there is no pre and post maternal care for working mothers and that despite the high mortality rate nothing is being done by government to tackle this problem. Female poverty rate is particularly high in Nigeria because of race, religion and socio-political backgrounds Mitsubishi Research Co...
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