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

Aug 05 2013

Johanna Westeson from the Center for Reproductive Rights authored a column in the International Journal on Gynecology and Obstetrics on the approach of the European Court of Human Rights to abortion, in its recent decisions ABC v Ireland, RR v Poland, and P&S v Poland. You can access the article ONLINE

Jul 25 2013

The ICPD Beyond 2014 International Conference on Human Rights took place in The Netherlands from 7-10 July 2013. This Conference was the second thematic conference, following the ICPD Beyond 2014 Global Youth Forum, to take place within the scope of the ongoing review of the ICPD Programme of Action.  

As a key follow-up to the Conference, The Hague Civil Society Call to Action on Human Rights and ICPD Beyond 2014 was developed by conference participants. This is available as a petition here. Please consider signing the petition in both an individual and an organizational capacity. Please also disseminate this announcement widely among your networks and contacts.

Signatures will be collected till August 31, 2013. Thereafter, the final petition will be shared with signatories to send to governments.

Source: Sexual Rights Initiative

Jul 23 2013

ASTRA welcomes Association for emancipation, solidarity and equality of women from Macedonia as a new member organization! Visit ESE online at www.esem.org.mkASTRA currently has 32 members from 19 countries from the region. 

Jul 15 2013

The ICPD International Conference on Human Rights took place in Noordwijk in the Netherlands on July 7-10 and gathered a group of 300 representatives of government, parliaments and civil society groups from 130 countries. This three day conference was designed to identify achievements, barriers and best practices in relation to achieving the goals of the landmark International Conference on Population and Development held nearly 20 years ago in Cairo and came to a celebratory close on Wednesday July 10th. Chair of the conference, Marijke Wijnroks shared reflections, key messages and recommendations that emerged from various discussion throughout the event. 

Hosted by the Government of the Netherlands and delivered in partnership with UNFPA – the United Nations Population Fund, and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the event was part of a UN mandated review of the 1994 ICPD Programme of Action. The Cairo conference set in stone the interdependency between human rights, sexual and reproductive health, population change and development and helped define the development agenda for the past 20 years. This was the second thematic conference after the Bali Global Youth Forum held in December last year. 

ASTRA Network was represented by Krystyna Kacpura, Executive Director of Federation for Women and Family Planning serving as ASTRA Secretariat from Poland, Daniel Kalajdjieski, Programme Coordinator and youth advocate from H.E.R.A. from Macedonia and Marta Szostak, ASTRA Network Coordinator from Poland. ASTRA was also part of the Reference Group for this conference. 

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Jul 12 2013

On 3-4 July 2013 ASTRA had the pleasure to co-host the Civil Society meeting “ICPD Beyond 2014 – From Promise to Action, CSOs Defining the Way Forward” which was organized by IPPF European Network in Geneva following the UNECE Regional Conference that took place in Geneva on the 1-2nd of July 2013. It reviewed the status of implementation of the ICPD Programme of Action. European Women’s Lobby, a regional network, was the other co-host of this meeting. This collaboration across the region reinforced the ICPD Beyond 2014 process and the engagement of CSO within it, and ensured that the priorities of this region are taken into account in the international agenda.

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