“Negative Gender Stereotypes” and the Need for More Effective “Anti-Hate Speech Legislation”

From a U.N. document describing the response of the Iceland delegation to the U.N. Human Rights Committee (paragraph break added):

Iceland had two gender-equality Action Plans, a first that provided for structures within Government and local authorities, and a second on domestic and sexual violence. Research had been conducted within the framework of those plans, which would be used in the elaboration of the third Action Plan.

The negative gender stereotypes that existed in Icelandic society were the typical ones, a delegate said, for example a belief that a builder could only be a man and a nurse could only be a woman. Research had shown that such stereotypes were grounds for gender-based violence and discrimination. Iceland shared the concern about ineffective anti-hate speech legislation and would do its utmost to address the issue.

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