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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Dunja Mijatović takes up office as Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

Dunja Mijatović, national of Bosnia and Herzegovina, is the new Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights. She has been elected last January by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. She is the first woman to hold this post,…

NGO statement on Poland: Parliament Should Reject Bill to Further Limit Abortion Rights

Poland’s Parliament should listen to the voices of women across Poland and reject a regressive legislative proposal that would erode reproductive rights, over 200 human and women’s rights groups from across the globe said in a statement…

The 2nd inroads Global Member Gathering in Zagreb, Croatia on March 12-16

Members of the ASTRA Network Advisory Board, Daniela Draghici, Romania and Medea Khmelidze, Georgia, participated in the 2nd inroads Global Member Gathering in Zagreb, Croatia on March 12-16 that brought together more than 100 activists from…

What does it mean when sexuality and reproduction are criminalized? New Amnesty International publications

The criminalization of sexuality and reproduction around the world is a major barrier to human rights, and denies millions of us our human dignity. This is why Amnesty International has launched Body Politics: Criminalization of Sexuality and…

As global mobilization intensifies on women’s rights, the 62nd CSW, UN’s largest meeting on gender equality begins

Spotlight on rural women and girls during the Commission on the Status of Women will focus on critical issues such as ensuring adequate living standards, food and nutrition security, access to land, technology, education, health, and ending…

Suffocating the movement – shrinking space for women’s rights

Kvinna till Kvinna launched this week a very interesting report: “Suffocating the movement – shrinking space for women’s rights”. Due to growing nationalism, extremism and traditional values, women’s rights organizations are now facing…

The 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council

The 37th session of the UN Human Rights Council is taking place in Geneva from February 26th until March 23rd. See the full programme of work for HRC37 here. Click here to read the summary of the anticipated sexual rights related resolutions,…

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