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Poland to withdraw from the Istanbul Convention

  Polish Minister of Justice, Zbigniew Ziobro, and Minister of Family, Labor and Social Policy, Marlena MalÄ…g, both announced that Poland will soon start the process of withdrawal from the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention. The current ruling party, Law and Justice, has […]

Romania Vying with Poland and Hungary to Ban Gender Education

    Vying with Poland and Hungary, the Romanian Parliament adopted an amendment to the National Education Law seeking to prohibit information on gender identity in schools, universities and other educational spaces. The amendment positions gender as an ideological invention and bans “theories and opinion on gender where it is a separate concept from biological […]

Croatian women show the middle finger to abortion remarks

    Croatian politicians were left in no doubt about the strength of feeling on the subject of abortion in the country, after remarks in pre-election debates prompted a backlash visualised by perhaps the most defiant gestures of all – the middle finger. Miroslav Skoro of the Homeland Movement and Goran Jandrokovic of the ruling […]

Lithuanian Minister of Health leans in to conservative opponents of SRHR

    At the beginning of  2019, Lithuanian Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists asked the  State Commission on Drugs and Medicine Reimbursement  to provide reimbursement for hormonal contraception (hormonal IUD) for girls and young women of 15-20 years old. The proposal was based on intent to help young women avoid unwanted pregnancies, eliminate price barriers […]

Hungary rolls back legal protections, puts trans and intersex people at risk

     On 19 May 2020, following weeks of international outcry, the Hungarian Parliament voted 133 in favour, 57 opposed, to approve an omnibus bill, one article of which replaces the category of “sex” on the civil registry with one of “sex assigned at birth”. The article within the omnibus bill, Article 33, amends the civil registry […]

Joint civil society statement on COVID-19 and abortion in Europe

    ASTRA Network has endorsed a joint civil society statement on COVID-19 and abortion in Europe. The statement, prepared by our long-time partner organisation Center for Reproductive Rights, was published today with endorsement  of over 100 European organisations and coalitions. The document states: The COVID-19 pandemic and public health crisis is presenting grave challenges […]

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