Poland to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention

  Polish Minister of Justice, Zbigniew Ziobro, and Minister of Family, Labor and Social Policy, Marlena Maląg, both announced that Poland will soon start the process of withdrawal from the Convention on preventing and combating violence…

Slovak Parliament to discuss 4 bills restricting access to abortion in July

    Slovak Parliament is set to start new session on 7 July, which is scheduled to run until 17 July. 4 new legislative proposals aimed at restricting access to abortion have been registered to be discussed and voted upon…

Montenegro becomes first country in Balkans to legalise same-sex civil partnerships

Montenegro has become the first European country outside both Western Europe and the EU to legalise same-sex civil partnerships. A new bill passed on Wednesday gives same-sex couples equal legal rights as heterosexual ones except for child…
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Romania Vying with Poland and Hungary to Ban Gender Education

    Vying with Poland and Hungary, the Romanian Parliament adopted an amendment to the National Education Law seeking to prohibit information on gender identity in schools, universities and other educational spaces. The amendment…

Croatian women show the middle finger to abortion remarks

    Croatian politicians were left in no doubt about the strength of feeling on the subject of abortion in the country, after remarks in pre-election debates prompted a backlash visualised by perhaps the most defiant gestures…

Polish president pledges to “defend children from LGBT ideology” ahead of election

    Poland’s president, Andrzej Duda, has published a set of pledges to support Polish families if he wins a second term in elections later this month. Among his promises is to “defend children from LGBT ideology”. Duda…

Thousands of Alabanians protest in Tirana after a minor was raped

    On 4th June, thousands of people protested in the streets of Tirana. The protest, organised by a group of secondary school students, was a reaction to a rape of a 15-year old student, who was assaulted by a 65-year old…

Lithuanian Minister of Health leans in to conservative opponents of SRHR

    At the beginning of  2019, Lithuanian Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists asked the  State Commission on Drugs and Medicine Reimbursement  to provide reimbursement for hormonal contraception (hormonal IUD)…

Hungary rolls back legal protections, puts trans and intersex people at risk

     On 19 May 2020, following weeks of international outcry, the Hungarian Parliament voted 133 in favour, 57 opposed, to approve an omnibus bill, one article of which replaces the category of “sex” on the civil registry…

Polish bans on abortion and sexuality education forwaded to parliamentary committees

  Today, Polish Parliament has voted on civic draft bills that (if introduced) would effectively ban abortion and criminalize sexuality education. The voting took place amidst COVID-19 outbreak, making it impossible to organise a street…

ASTRA Network's statement on Polish bans on abortion and sexuality education

    ASTRA, Central and Eastern European Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, stands in solidarity with Polish people that are currently facing a possibility of introducing both a total ban on abortion and criminalisation…

Joint civil society statement on COVID-19 and abortion in Europe

    ASTRA Network has endorsed a joint civil society statement on COVID-19 and abortion in Europe. The statement, prepared by our long-time partner organisation Center for Reproductive Rights, was published today with endorsement …

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