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Finding a Seat on the Bus: Is the Practice of Sex Segregation among Ultra Orthodox Groups in Israel a Harmful Traditional Practice under CEDAW?

These articles have most frequently been interpreted to prohibit practices such as female genital mutilation, forced marriage and early marriage. The CEDAW Committee has been concerned, however, that the notion of a “harmful traditional practice” has been interpreted in too limited a way which focuses on the ills of the global South while ignoring discriminatory practices which prevail in more developed nations, practices which may be equally founded on harmful traditional cultural notions.