Zeid warmly welcomes appointment of new UN Human Rights Chief

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Friday warmly welcomed the UN General Assembly’s appointment of Michelle Bachelet to succeed him when his mandate comes to an end on 31 August 2018.

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…

Unconscionable: When Providers Deny Abortion Care - new report from IWHC

The global women’s movement has fought for many years to affirm safe and legal abortion as a fundamental right, and the global trend has been the liberalization of abortion laws. Progress is not linear, however, and persistent barriers prevent…

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…

Ireland has voted 'Yes' to end the ban on abortion after a historic referendum

Ireland voted decisively to repeal one of the world’s more restrictive abortion bans, sweeping aside generations of conservative patriarchy and the vast influence of the Roman Catholic Church. The long awaited results, reflected in the numbers…

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…

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…

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