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Women’s rights face global pushback from conservativism, fundamentalism – UN experts warn

“Alarming pushbacks have been progressing across regions of the globe”, through what the Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice described as “alliance of conservative political ideologies and religious fundamentalisms,” in its report to the Human Rights Council in Geneva. “Practices such as polygamy, child marriage, female genital mutilation, so-called honour […]

Fact Sheet: Addressing Medical Professionals’ Refusals to Provide Abortion Care on Grounds of Conscience or Religion: European Human Rights Jurisprudence on State Obligations to Guarantee Women’s Access to Legal Reproductive Health Care

New factsheet by Center for Reproductive Rights In many European countries where abortion is legal, domestic laws and regulations allow medical professionals to refuse to provide abortion care or other forms of reproductive health care on grounds of conscience or religion. However, evidence indicates that in some of these countries the failure of state authorities […]

Feminist street action in Croatia

Group of feminists and pro-choice activists, the Platform for Reproductive Rights, on the eve of the so-called March for Life held on Saturday, May 20th which year after year further silences women’s voices staged a night-time street action which inscribed women’s experiences into the city of Zagreb (housing blocks, churches and hospitals) with the aim […]

Peaceful mass protests have brought a much awaited turning point to Armenian citizens

Armenia, a small landlocked post-soviet country was on international news headlines recently and the reason, luckily, was not a natural disaster, mass killings or a terrorist attack that usually attracts global media attention in less developed world but the phenomenon of exceptional character of civil disobedience acts bringing to the unprecedented non-violent bottom-up revolution in […]

Rising support for abortion in Poland

In April and May pro-choice billboards with the slogan “Women in Poland demand legal abortion” have appeared in different cities and towns across Poland. This campaign was organised by an informal women’s group, which managed to gather financial means in a crowdfunding campaign. The organizers and supporters wished to protest with these billboards against manipulative […]

New resource exposes European religious network intent on overturning laws related to sexuality and reproduction

Comprehensive strategy document uncovered, plus information on clandestine meetings Links to anti-abortion initiatives in Poland, Spain and at EU level; as well as anti-gay marriage movements in Croatia, Romania and Slovenia Secret strategy also targets contraception, divorce and IVF Book researched and written by the European Parliamentary Forum on Population and Development (EPF) A book […]

51st session of the Commission for Population and Development

The 51st UN CPD took place in New York on April 9-13, 2018 under them theme of “Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration”. Dr. Ion Jinga, Romanian Ambassador to the UN, was the Chairperson on behalf of the Eastern-European Group ASTRA Network Advisory Board member from Romania, Daniela Draghici, represented the ASTRA Network at […]

Contraception Atlas 2018: European States failing to empower citizens to plan their lives

All 46 countries researched must do more in providing comprehensive information and reimbursement for contraception Schemes offering reimbursement for long acting and reversible contraception are powerful in increasing access to contraception Unintended pregnancy is an avoidable burden for European States BRUSSELS, 11 April 2017 — Access to contraception should be a key concern of governments […]

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