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

Mar 30 2017

The Central European University in Budapest is under great threat! The CEU has provided a world-class graduate education to thousands of students – in full conformity with Hungarian law – for over two decades. The home to free thinkers, human rights advocates and scholars faces a serious situations due a new proposed legislation on higher education. The proposed changes extend a battle between Mr George Soros (who funds the University) and prime minister Viktor Orban, who has cast the Budapest-born billionaire as an ideological enemy.

The legislation which has been proposed to the Hungarian Parliament would make it impossible for CEU to continue its present operations in Budapest.

CEU’s official response is here.

Petition on Change directed at the Hungarian National Assembly is available for signing here.

Link to article in Financial Times

Mar 29 2017

The Young Feminist Caucus gathered at the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women just released its statement - read it HERE.

Mar 27 2017

Feminist persistence pays off at UN Commission Status of Women, but challenges loom large in the changing world of work

Feminist activists have seen their hard work pay off as the UN 61st Commission on the Status of Women adopted a set of Agreed Conclusions that made significant commitments to advance women’s rights and economic empowerment in the changing world of work.

In response to feminists’ demands for gender-just strategies to confront the multiple impacts of climate change and related ecological damage, the Commission recognized the imperative of moving towards a just transition of the workforce toward low-carbon economies that deliver for women and the planet. “Now is the time for the strongest possible action toward a climate just planet, and this requires actions like a global moratorium on coal and keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, said Noelene Nabulivou of Diverse Voices and Action for Equality, Fiji. “This must be carried forward through a gender just and equitable and safe transition toward a low-carbon economy.” The Commission also called for gender-responsive strategies to increase women’s resilience to the economic impacts of climate change.  

Recognizing that women continue to shoulder the bulk of unpaid care and domestic work, the Commission established a blueprint for governments to reduce and redistribute this work through public services, labour and social protections, and affordable child and other care services. The Commission also urged governments to measure the value of unpaid care and domestic work through time use surveys, which will help measure progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Commission also recognized the role of trade unions, collective bargaining and social dialogue in addressing economic inequalities and the importance of strong, global labour standards that protect women’s rights in the world of work.

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Mar 23 2017

728 representatives of civil society have raised the issues of NGO access to the negotiations of 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women as their access to the UNCSW has been subject to unprecedented attacks this year. Read the entire statement, also signed by ASTRA, here.

Mar 07 2017

The UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima Bennoune, told the Human Rights Council in Geneva: “We face a global avalanche of hate in the form of rising fundamentalism and extremism around the world. This must be tackled with urgency, using a human rights approach. Culture and cultural rights are critical components of this response”.

The Special Rapporteur is deeply concerned at the normalization of fundamentalist and extremist ideology and rhetoric in many political, cultural and media contexts, in diverse forms and in all regions of the world, and the increasing embrace they find in mainstream political parties and candidates.

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