High Level Political Forum and Voluntary National Reviews in 2019

The following countries from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia have volunteered for the 2019 Voluntary National Reviews during the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development: Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Croatia,…

UN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE – General comment No. 36 (2018) on article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on the right to life

The UN Human Rights Committee adopted General Comment 36 on the right to life (article 6) that contains 70 paragraphs on the right to life. Paragraph 8 calls for a right to safe abortion, and prohibits any restriction that might lead to an…

The Human Rights Defenders World Summit 2018

The Human Rights Defenders World Summit was held on October 29th to 31st in Paris. The conference celebrated the progress made in protecting human rights defenders (HRDs) since the signing of the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders on 9 December…

Reproductive Rights violations in Croatia spark protests

Report from the protest action „Stop the silence!“ – reading of women's testimonials  „15.3.2017, Vukovar Hospital. Curettage without anesthesia, even though I had asked for anasthesia for mental distress. My pregnancy was in its…

The power to choose the number, timing and spacing of children can bolster economic and social development, new UNFPA report shows

The global trend towards smaller families is a reflection of people making reproductive choices to have as few or as many children as they want, when they want. When people lack choice, it can have a long-term impact on fertility rates, often…

My body, my rights! Manifesto of 343 European women for sexual and reproductive rights for all women in Europe

343 women from 28 countries throughout Europe decided to stand up together for women’s rights in the European Union and throughout the world. Feminist activists, politicians, or simple citizens, they launch today a common Manifesto -paying…

16 days of Activism: Stop Violence against SRHR defenders!

Join us during the #16Days of Activism and share your stories as #SRHRheroes, speak out for the recognition of SRHR defenders as Women Human Rights Defenders and demand their protection!  On the occasion of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign,…

#SEXEDPL: Social media campaign elevates comprehensive sexuality education in Poland

The Polish educational system completely ignores comprehensive sexuality education and instead proposes “preparation for family life” classes to teenagers - classes widely critised by teachers, parents, non-governmental organisations and…

Civil Society Welcomes Landmark Resolution on Maternal Mortality and Morbidity and Human Rights at the Human Rights Council

The Center for Reproductive Rights, the Sexual Rights Initiative, the Global Justice Center, Arrow, Rutgers, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education, Plan International, the Association…

ASTRA delivers civil society statement at the UNECE ICPD+25 Conference

Civil society gathered at the consultation prior to the UNECE regional ICPD+25 conference in Geneva reflected on the progress made during the past five years since ICPD Beyond 2014 in the region and deliberated on how to translate commitments…

ASTRA statement for September 28

Today,  on  September  28,  International Safe Abortion Day,  ASTRA Network stands in solidarity with all women human rights defenders and activists working to ensure abortion rights and demanding that abortion be legal, truly accessible,…

UNECE ICPD+25 Regional Conference and CSO conference

One of the main features of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo in 1994 was the engagement of civil society organizations (CSOs) in the process. This commitment has continued ever since and is now highly…