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

Jun 15 2017

The Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs) is a collaborative, multi-organizational initiative that works to monitor, analyze, and share information on initiatives that undermine the universality of human rights. Currently it is being coordinated by AWID.

On May 25, coinciding with the World Congress of Families (the biggest annual global meeting of the far right) OURs released a new report. The report is the first of a series on human rights trends produced by the OURs. This comprehensive research documents and analyzes key trends and developments mapped over 2015 to late 2016 in order to inform and support our collective advocacy.

Read the OURs Trends Report

Relevant read: The World Congress of Families: A prime example of today’s anti-rights lobby

Jun 13 2017

The Hungarian Parliament’s decision to pass a law targeting the funding of independent civil society groups is a serious attack on Hungarian democracy, unprecedented elsewhere in Europe, the Open Society Foundations said today.

“Cosmetic changes to the law in response to the Venice Commission have not altered the law’s true intent; it seeks to suppress democratic voices in Hungary just when the country needs them most. It attacks Hungarians who help fellow citizens challenge corruption and arbitrary power, and who stand up for free and independent media and for open debate,” said Goran Buldioski, director of the Open Society Foundations’ work in Europe.

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Jun 06 2017

On the 19th of May, the Council of the European Union adopted the revised European Consensus on Development, which identifies a new framework for development cooperation and for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda by the European Union and the 28 member countries. The consensus was endorsed on the 31st of May by the European Parliament and it will be officially launched at the European Development Days in June.

The adoption of the consensus was preceded by the interinstitutional negotiations and public consultations lasting several months, during which EuroNGOs together with IPPF EN submitted recommendations highlighting women’s rights-related issues and SRHR in particular. 

Why is it so important?

The revised European Consensus on Development (the previous one was adopted in 2006) is a crucial document to navigate the EU development policy in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development for the next 15 years. It sets out the necessary core elements of cooperation between the EU and its member states and “developing” countries; the strategic approach for accomplishing the Sustainable Development Goals; and details how the funds for development cooperation will be used. 

What does the consensus say about SRHR?

“The EU remains committed to the promotion, protection and fulfilment of all human rights and to the full and effective implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the outcomes of their review conferences and remains committed to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), in this context. Having that in mind, the EU reaffirms its commitment to the promotion, protection and fulfilment of the right of every individual to have full control over, and decide freely and responsibly on matters related to their sexuality and sexual and reproductive health, free from discrimination, coercion and violence. The EU further stresses the need for universal access to quality and affordable comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information, education, including comprehensive sexuality education, and health-care services.” 

You can read the full version of the revised European Consensus on Development here

What does civil society say?

Concord: New European Consensus on Development: Double Standards for Sustainable Development

Oxfam: New EU development framework: self-interest trumps solidarity

Platforma: Is ‘less’ really ‘more’ in the new European Consensus on Development?

Source: EuroNGOs

Jun 01 2017

CESI and Initiative of pro-choice doctors organized a public debate on 9th of May: “The abortion law for the 21st century” in order to emphasize that abortion should be legal, safe and accessible to all women. The Croatian Constitutional Court reaffirmed in March this year the constitutionality of access to abortion and ruled that by allowing women’s access to abortion on request within the first 10 weeks of pregnancy, the law gives effect to women’s constitutional rights to privacy, liberty, and personality and complied with international human rights law and comparative European law. As the 1978 law predated the current Croatian Constitution, the Court requested that the Croatian Parliament adopts new legislation within two years. It is expected that the current Croatian Government, under the pressure of ultraconservative forces, will attempt to severely limit access to safe abortion through mandatory counseling and waiting periods and promotion of conscientious objection. The conclusions which emphasise that the Croatian authorities must not deviate from universal and regional human rights principles and standards that protect the sexual and reproductive rights of women were sent to decision makers with request to include the civil society and women’s groups recommendation into the new abortion law.

Source: CESI

May 30 2017

On the International Day of Action for Women’s Health, #28May, Daniela Draghici, a member of the Society for Feminist Analyses AnA, #Romania, organized a “Yard Sale for Choice” in partnership with the Youth for Youth Foundation, Society for Education in Contraception and Sexuality - SECS, an Astra Youth member, Romanian Anti-AIDS Association – ARAS, Marie Stopes International Romania Foundation and the National Public Health Institute.

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