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

Aug 05 2013

Early in July Members of the European Parliament’s Development Committee were called to vote on an opinion on the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM). The vote passed with a three-quarter majority. 

The text was authored by a British Member of the European Parliement (MEP) Michael Cashman who stated that “Today’s vote is an affirmation of where the parliament stands and its support for a really progressive set of policies”. 

1.  Insists on the fact that universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights is a fundamental human right. 
2.  Urges the European Commission to maintain SRHR in the development priorities of the EU;
3.  Calls for a specific line on SRHR under the Development Cooperation Instrument thematic lines, as well as sufficient funding for the broad SRHR agenda in all appropriate instruments; 
4.  Urges the EU to ensure that population dynamics and inclusive and sustainable development linkages, and SRHRs are a priority in shaping the post-2015 global development framework;
5.  Calls on the Member States to ensure the integration of the ICPD+20, Beijing+20 and Rio+20 processes within the post-2015 framework
6.  Calls on the EU and its Member States to keep their commitments to the full and effective implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the outcomes of their review conferences; 

This opinion will be voted in the FEMM committee in September and in the plenary in October.

To download the text of the opinion click here.
Read the article “Michael Cashman: Take a 'blitzkrieg' approach to SRHR” here.

Source: EuroNGOs

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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