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Croatia must act now to end violence and abuse against women in reproductive health procedures, say UN experts

Croatia must act now to stop violations of women’s sexual and reproductive health rights, adopt measures to prevent them from occurring again and hold those responsible to account, say a group of UN human rights experts*. “We are appalled by the testimonies given by women, following the launch of the campaign #BreakTheSilence in October 2018, which showed […]

2019 Contraception Atlas Launched at the European Parliament

All European governments need to do more to meet SDGs for universal access to contraception Hat-trick for Belgium, France and UK as they take top spot for third year running Poland and Hungary worst performing EU countries The Contraception Atlas – a map that scores 46 countries throughout geographical Europe on access to modern contraception, […]

MEPs concerned by a backlash in women’s rights in some member states

Concerns regarding the rise of gender-based violence in the EU Women’s health and reproductive rights are being undermined in some member states Women’s rights organisations should be granted access to funding MEPs worried about the recent intensification of sexist and LGBTI-phobic hate speech The EP expressed its concerns regarding the offensive against women’s rights and […]

Barriers to Accessing Safe Abortion Services in Georgia. New Research by Association HERA XXI

The Georgian law enables legal abortion up to 12 weeks of gestation, yet Georgian women continue to face significant challenges in terms of availability and accessibility of safe abortion information and services, especially those living in rural areas. To analyse the situation Association HERA XXI, ASTRA member from Tbilisi, pursued a qualitative study of the […]

ASTRA statement for CSW 63

Social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; Federation for Women and Family Planning from Poland, Union Women’s Center from Georgia, “Women and Modern World” Social Charitable Center from Azerbaijan and Women’s Rights Center from Armenia are ECOSOC accredited organisations working in the […]

New WHO Medical Management of Abortion Guidelines

Newly published document by the World Health Organization – Medical management of abortion – is a comprehensive guide and source of knowledge for health workers, human rights and reproductive rights acitivsts and all interetsed in the topic of safe abortion. Among other matters WHO introduced a more gender inclusive language and more direct references to self-managment of abortion. Medical […]

Poland: UN experts say Government must not roll back women’s rights

Poland is at a critical juncture with regard to its record on women’s rights. It must refrain from rolling back women’s rights, particularly in the areas of family and culture, as well as sexual and reproductive health, and undertake further steps to fully achieve gender equality, said UN human rights experts from the UN Working […]

New FEMM study on sexual and reproductive health rights and the implication of conscientious objection

This study was commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the FEMM Committee. It aims to provide a comparative overview of the situation in the European Union, with particular focus on six selected Member States, in terms of access to sexual and reproductive healthcare goods […]

We won’t keep quiet! Solidarity statement with Slovakia

As part of the international campaign of 16 days of activism against violence against women civil society in Slovakia gathers at a protest and march across Bratislava to voice its demands and protest against structural gender based violence, especially any steps limiting access to abortion. The march is called Nebudeme ticho! (We won´t keep quiet!) […]

ASTRA Solidarity statement with Bulgarian women

In response to a call to action started by Левфем (Informal group of Bulgarian left feminists) ASTRA, Central and Eastern European Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights issues a solidarity statement standing in solidarity with Bulgarian women. We are concerned with the developments in Bulgaria, the worsening status of women’s rights and the lack of […]

High Level Political Forum and Voluntary National Reviews in 2019

The following countries from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia have volunteered for the 2019 Voluntary National Reviews during the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development: Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Croatia, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Turkmenistan. The 2019 Edition of the Handbook for the Preparation of Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), prepared by the UN Department […]

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