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

Apr 18 2017

UN Member States gathered at the 50th session of the Commission on Population and Development were not able to reach a consensus on the draft resolution – to our great disappointment there is no agreed outcome document this year, only a Chair’s summary.

The International Conference on Population and Development Programme of Action (ICPD PoA) remains the most comprehensive negotiated action document on many aspects of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and reproductive rights (RR). At its 20-year review, all governments agreed that the agenda should be continued until it is fully achieved, yet many member states were again disputing over references to SRH and RR.

Views statements on the issue by ASTRA’s partners: IWHC and ARROW.

Permanent Representative of Romania to the UN, ambassador Ion Jinga, was elected president of the 51st session of CPD in 2018. The 51st session will focus on „Sustainable cities, human mobility and international migration”.

Apr 12 2017

Very strong and bold statement by Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights - The Shrinking Space for Human Rights Organisations - with several references to countries of Central and Eastern Europe - can be accessed online HERE.

Apr 04 2017

New publication from the European Consortium for Emergency Contraception examines the accessibility of emergency contraception in the CEE region. This factsheet summarizes the main findings of this survey as of October 2015, and includes data from 15 countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

Access the publication here

Apr 03 2017

During the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva outcomes of the 26th session of the Universal Periodic Review were adopted with Lithuania being one of the countries under review.

The Sexual Rights Initiative, with cooperation from ASTRA Network and Family Planning and Sexual Health Association from Vinus, Lithuaniua, delivered the Lithuanian NGO statement (available here).

During the review Lithuania accepted 153 recommendations on human rights implementation, including Finland's recommendation (100.141): to take actions to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights according to previous recommendations and to formulate a national strategy on sexual and reproductive health and rights, and integrate sexual and reproductive health into the next National Health Programme for 2026-2036.

Family Planning and Sexual Health Association and nongovernmental women's organizations network “ReGina” are pleased to note that Lithuanian Government has committed to fulfill   this recommendation and to ensure the improvement in sexual reproductive health and rights (source: Family Planning and Sexual Health Association).

Mar 31 2017

The 50th session of UN Commission on Population and Development will take place in UN HQ in New York from April 3rd to April 7th. The theme of this year's CPD is  "Changing population age structures and sustainable development".

ASTRA will be represented by its ASTRA Youth advocates - Marta Paczkowska, ASTRA Youth Coordinator and Julita Valancauskyte from out Lithuanian member, Family Planning and Sexual Health Association.

For more information about the 50th CPD please click HERE.

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