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…

Poland must respect fundamental rights, including women's rights

The European Parliament is calling on Poland to address the current restrictions to the independence of the judiciary, freedom of assembly, sexual and reproductive rights, and denial of asylum-seekers’ access to the Polish territory.The Parliament…

HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE – Draft General Comment on Article 6, International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – Right to life

Prepared by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion On 14 July 2015, during its 114th session, the Human Rights Committee (HRC) commenced the process of drafting a General Comment on the right to life, to revise the existing…

Polish attempts to use the non-sovereign constitutional tribunal in order to restrict womens rights to legal abortion

A group of extremist MPs, mainly from the ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) and Kukiz’15, submitted a motion challenging the constitutionality of one of the cases, which allows for abortion according to The Family Planning, Human Embryo Protection…

#RightsAtRisk Webinar: The state of anti-rights organizing and our resistance

On 15th November 2017, AWID, as part of the Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs), is providing a platform for feminist activists and women's rights advocates, partners and allies to discuss the state of anti-rights organizing and…

Abortion in rural areas of Armenia

The Women’s Resource Center carried out research in September and October to examine whether women in rural communities can access their right to legal and safe abortions and whether they face any obstacles in reaching those services. Representatives…

Poland against UN standards on abortion and capital punishment

The ongoing battle around fundamental reproductive rights in Poland becomes even more fierce. Government’s attempts to criminalize abortions and make one of the toughest anti-abortion laws even stricter are expressed in its statement delivered…

Report of the Special Rapporteur on fundamentalism and extremism and the cultural rights of women presented at the 72nd session of the General Assembly

The UN Secretary-General transmitted to the United Nations General Assembly the report prepared by the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima Bennoune that had been submitted in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution…

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