Challenges facing civil society organisations working on human rights in the EU

Civil society organisations in the European Union play a crucial role in promoting fundamental rights, but it has become harder for them to do so – due to both legal and practical restrictions. This report looks at the different types and…

New UN Women report uncovers significant gaps for women’s empowerment and puts forth robust agenda to shift gears

UN Women launched its flagship report, “Turning promises into action: Gender equality in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. The report demonstrates through concrete evidence and data the pervasive nature of discrimination against…

International concerns about women's rights backsliding in Poland

The worsening state of SRHR in Poland has brought multiple reactions from international human rights bodies. Please below find here the most crucial observations and recommendations. LETTER OF THE COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS OF THE COUNCIL…

Abortion battle in Poland continued

On Wednesday January 10th the Polish Parliament rejected the pro-choice civic initiative project to liberalize the abortion law (read more here: http://bit.ly/2DhZwyv and here: http://bit.ly/2qOSoqL), but voted to support opposite proposal (read…

Updated International Technical Guidance on Sexuality Education

The fully revised UN International technical guidance on sexuality education advocates for quality comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) published by UNESCO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF, UN Women and World Health Organization (WHO) aims to promote…

25th anniversary of the Polish Anti-Abortion Law

7th January 1993 Act on Family Planning, Human Embryo Protection and Conditions of Legal Pregnancy Termination (later: the Act) has had a detrimental effect on women’s reproductive and sexual health and rights for 25 years. Due to the anniversary…

New UPR Sexual Rights Database

The Sexual Rights Initiative invites you to visit our new and improved Universal Periodic Review Sexual Rights Database. The database allows you to search all the sexual rights related recommendations and references made during UPR sessions…

New report from Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights calls for progress to ensure women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights in Europe

“Women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights are human rights. Regrettably, however, women in Europe still have these rights denied or restricted as a result of laws, policies and practices that ultimately reflect continuing gender…

Draft law on conscience clause for pharmacists in Poland

The Polish Bureau of Research (BAS) has positively evaluated a draft law that would introduce conscience clause for pharmacists and owners of drug stores. According to the law elaborated and delivered by the Federation of Polish Catholic Pharmacists…

Mandatory Waiting Periods and Biased Abortion Counseling in Central and Eastern Europe

Article by Leah Hoctor and Adriana Lamačková of the Centre for Reproductive Rights has been published in the Ethical and Legal Issues section of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics. The article addresses the recent retrogressive…

Synthesis Reports on 2017 on Voluntary National Reviews on SDG implementation are now available

The VNRs were held during the High Level Political Forum in mid 2017, several countries of ASTRA participated in the Voluntary National Reviews on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Synthesis Report of the country reviews…

The Future of the European Union - Feminist Perspectives from East-Central Europe

New publication from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Budapest and Eszter Kovats: The Future of the European Union - Feminist Perspectives from East-Central Europe is an interesting compilation of Central and Eastern European voices on the most…

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