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

Nov 16 2016

"The 2030 Agenda - a European Union committed to sustainable development globally" was adopeted in mid-October in plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee. It had been requested by the European Commission as a contribution to the ongoing preparation of the Commission initiative 'Next steps for a sustainable European future'. The opinion reflects the outcome of two big conferences at the EESC with representatives from civil society. The opinion calls upon the EU institutions and the Member States to urgently agree on the way forward 'at the highest political level, through an interinstitutional agreement between the Commission, the Council and the Parliament', in order to establish a robust basis for further political action. The Committee has also proposed to set up a European Sustainable Development Civil Society Forum in order to give civil society a strong role in the implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Access the document and additional information here.

Source: EuroNGOs

Nov 15 2016

The Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, Dainius Puras, will pay an official visit to Croatia from 28 November to 6 December 2016.

He plans to hold meetings and visit healthcare centres in Zagreb and he additionally considers visiting Osijek, Rijeka and Split, to assess some of the themes in-focus for this visit, including i) Financing of national healthcare, ii) Access to primary healthcare, iii) Mental health, iv) Sexual and reproductive health rights, and v) Groups in situations of vulnerability, including people on the move, children, persons with disabilities and older persons.
In this context, we invite all partners and stakeholders to send information on the current status of the realization of the right to health in Croatia (see attached background note for issues of interest to the visit), including but not limited to the following:

- Information and data on selected issues of interest for the visit;
- Suggestions on authorities and institutions to be consulted;
- Key partners and stakeholders, including NGOs and professional associations, to meet, notably in Osijek and Split;
- Any other relevant information.

The SR’s office will be very grateful to receive the contributions of civil society preferably ahead of the mission, but also during or after the mission, but no later than 16 December 2016.

Information may be sent to the Special Rapporteur at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Nov 14 2016

New youth-led initiative “Youth in Power: Developing a Youth Strategy for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Europe and Central Asia” is led by YouAct, in partnership with ASTRA Youth, Y-PEER and YSAFE, with support of Council of Europe European Youth Foundation, UNFPA EECARO and IPPF EN.

The initiative’s overall aim is to develop an up-to-date strategy based on the input, experience, needs and ideas of young people, which will serve as an advocacy and awareness raising tool on SRHR of young people from Council of Europe and Central Asia countries on the national, regional and international level.

As a first step the organizations are gathering inputs via an online survey that collects youth views on the current gaps and challenges regarding the realization of SRHR and their feedback on recommendations, measures and actions that need to be taken by youth-led networks and policy and decision-makers.

The survey is open to young people aged 15-30 years old from Council of Europe and Central Asia countries and is available HERE.

Nov 14 2016

Official pre-registration for the sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women, to be held from 13 to 24 March 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, is open through 27 January 2016. The priority theme of the 2016 session is Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work.

For more information on participation in CSW61 please visit:

Nov 10 2016

ASTRA Network's longtime partner, sponsor and founder of the organization published a statement on the election of Donald Trump as US President. We stand in solidarity with International Women's Health Coalition.


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