In the gender equality context, traditional harmful practices is a term mainly used to describe practices harmful to women and girls that are grounded in discrimination and associated with ‘tradition’. However, the term is not recommended, because it tends to suggest that such practices originate and persist almost exclusively within non-western cultural traditions. It may also suggest that, in western societies, practices harmful to girls and women are not practised, or even that their existence in western societies is overlooked by international human rights treaty bodies. Thus, the term ‘harmful practices’ is the preferred term.
See: harmful practices
(1) Unpublished work of the joint working group of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) entrusted to draft the Joint General Recommendation/General Comment on harmful practices; (2) CEDAW and CRC Committees (2014). Joint General Recommendation/General Comment No 31 of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and No 18 of the Committee on the Rights of the Child on harmful practices.