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,…

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…

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