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Human Rights and Equality in EducationComparative Perspectives on the Right to Education for Minorities and Disadvantaged Groups$
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Sandra Fredman, Meghan Campbell, and Helen Taylor

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781447337638

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447337638.001.0001

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Equality and the right to education: let’s talk about sex education

Equality and the right to education: let’s talk about sex education

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(p.111) Seven Equality and the right to education: let’s talk about sex education
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Human Rights and Equality in Education
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Meghan Campbell

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447337638.003.0008

This chapter addresses the challenges girls face in accessing human rights-based sex education. Sex education sharply brings into focus the discriminatory gender norms that influence and undermine a girl's right to education and the accountability challenges that are becoming increasingly pervasive throughout all of education. The Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the prominent legal instrument on women's rights, offers new ways of conceptualising and addressing these challenges. There are specific obligations referring to sex education in the treaty and most importantly there is a positive obligation on the state to provide sex education to fulfil the fundamental rights of girls and women. Indeed, sex education is a necessary measure to ensure girls and women's right to life, health, education, gender equality, and freedom from violence.

Keywords:   sex education, gender discrimination, gender norms, CEDAW, women's rights, gender equality

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