ASTRA Central and Eastern European Women’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health

Nov 23 2015

New publication by IPPF "How to talk about abortion: A guide to rights-based messaging" provides useful tips and advice on what to consider when developing materials relating to abortion. The content includes examples of positive, rights-based messages, and how to avoid using stigmatizing language and images. This guide can be used by educators, advocates, programmers, health professionals and policy makers, among others, to help inform the development of a wide range of communication materials.

Access it online here.

Nov 12 2015

On October 12 – 13, 2015, ASTRA Network members met in Plovdiv, Bulgaria to participate in an annual workshop and strategic meeting. “Plovdiv Call to Action” is the result of that gathering and presents a set of the most burning issues of non-governmental organisations in the region. ASTRA members point to the vast challenges posed to non-governmental organisations in our region. In particular we are concerned about the challenge to secure funding for the existence of NGOs, as well as the diminishing investments in civil society working on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) at country level.

Access the Plovdiv Call to Action ONLINE

Oct 29 2015

On 3-4 November the annual EuroNGOs conference will take place in Oslo, Norway and will be hosted by Sex og Politikk, The Norwegian Association for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. As the first major civil society-led convening event following the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, the EuroNGOs International Conference will contribute to the discussion and identify ways in which sexual and reproductive health and rights advocates can work together within the new agenda, while also pushing for the expansion of the components of the SRHR envelope that have been left aside.

Every year for over a decade, EuroNGOs has held annual conferences hosted by one of its member organizations in different European countries. These gatherings are known for being leading fora bringing together bright minds and leaders working on sexual and reproductive health and rights to discuss a wide range of idea-focused subjects, and provoke conversations that matter.

The conference is open to EuroNGOs members and partners, activists, policy makers and like-minded stakeholders from across the world working on sexual and reproductive health and rights. External experts and leading thinkers from outside the SRHR community have been invited to provide additional stimuli and new perspectives.

On 2nd November, EuroNGOs will co-host a one day strategy workshop for members and partners who are attending the conference in Oslo. The aim of the workshop is to develop joint understanding and nurture collective strategic thinking around selected issues of relevance for sexual and reproductive health and rights advocates working at the European and international levels. This one day workshop is titled "Strategising and moving forward beyond 2015" and is designed around three consecutive sessions focusing on issues which are high on the agenda for sexual and reproductive health and rights advocates in Europe and beyond, including: Sexual rights in the European political landscape; Climate change and Financing for Development.

Source: EuroNGOs

Oct 28 2015

The Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which will define the global development agenda for the next 15 years, were formally adopted at a United Nations summit in September 2015. The SDGs will, to a significant degree, drive the allocation of global resources and determine policy priorities between now and 2030 on a range of important issues—including sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

A new analysis published in the Guttmacher Policy Review lays out the historical context and significance of the SDG process for SRHR. The analysis also calls on governments and other stakeholders to embrace the SDGs and lays out various indicators that can be used at the global and national levels to measure progress toward achieving goals related to SRHR—and even to advance SRHR beyond what is outlined in the new development goals.

“It’s significant that sexual and reproductive health and rights issues are now recognized explicitly and from the outset as integral to the achievement of the SDGs, since that was not the case with the previous iteration of global development goals,” says Alanna J. Galati, author of the new analysis. “The next hurdle is to ensure that countries adopt, adapt to and commit to these global goals.”

The SDGs consist of 17 goals and 169 targets to eradicate poverty, promote human dignity and rights, and protect the environment. One key issue is measuring progress to guide implementation of the SDGs and verify their success. The UN Statistical Commission will formally approve a global monitoring framework, including a set of indicators, for the SDGs, in March 2016.

Read the full article at Guttmacher Institute's webiste HERE.

Source: Guttmacher Institute

Oct 27 2015

During the elections in Poland the conservatives secured decisive win. The Law and Justice (PiS), which was in opposition for the last eight years, won 235 seats in the 460-seat lower house of Parliament, giving it a majority in the House. The ruling Civic Platform, which was defeated by 13 percentage points (37.6 to 24.1 per cent of the vote) will be the largest opposition grouping, with 138 seats. Kukiz’15 of rock-musician Pawel Kukiz has 42 seats, Nowoczesna, formed by the economist Ryszard Petru – 28, and the Polish People’s Party – 16 seats. According to the Polish electoral system, one seat goes to a representative of the German minority in Poland. The result of the election marks the biggest victory for a single party since the collapse of communism in 1989. Never in the past was a winning party able to govern alone. The State Electoral Commission has announced that the turnout in Sunday’s elections was 50.92%.

The Law and Justice candidate for Prime Minister, Beata Szydło, is in favour of a total ban of abortion and punishments for in vitro procedures. She, along with the Law and Justice, is also a strong opposer of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention).


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