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

May 29 2013

In May the Government of Macedonia has proposed to the Parliament to vote for a new abortion law. The new abortion law is said to include a few articles which will restrict access to abortion.

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May 29 2013

On Tuesday May 28th the Lithuanian Parliament secured the abortion ban bill, proposed by the Electoral Action of Poles, to go to the parliamentary Committees on Human Rights, Health Affairs and Legal Affairs for further considerations. 46 MPs voted in favour, 19 were against and 25 abstained.  It will be sent back to the Seimas during the fall session.

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May 15 2013

ASTRA will participate in a European and Central Asia side event during the Women Deliver conference. Martyna Zimniewska, ASTRA Youth Coordinator, will speak on behalf of ASTRA about women’s status and SRHR in Central and Eastern Europe at a European and Central Asian Caucus organized by International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF EN) in collaboration with European Parliamentary Forum (EPF): “The Multi-faceted European and Central Asian region: reconciling affluence with persisting unmet need”.

This session will provide a strategic update on the state of ICPD and women’s health and rights in the European and Central Asian region, showing the multi-faceted perspectives of a region combining countries of affluence (but facing economic crisis) and countries with persistent unmet needs in SRHR. How to reconcile these different angles in a strong European voice to be heard and recognized in the negotiation on ICPD+20 (especially upcoming UNECE meeting) and beyond 2015?

The event will take place on May 29th from 7.30 to 9 pm in room 410 at the Women Deliver conference venue in Kuala Lumpur.  

See page 94 of the conference programme for details. 

May 15 2013

ASTRA and ASTRA Youth will join 5,000 global health and development experts at the 3rd Women Deliver global conference, which takes place on 28-30 May in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Marina Latifova from Azerbaijan, Tetiana Slobodian from Ukraine, Aysel Askerova from Azerbaijan and Martyna Zimniewska, ASTRA Youth Coordinator from Poland, will represent the regional voice among thousands of participants from around the world, including government leaders, policymakers, healthcare professionals, NGO representatives, corporate leaders, and global media outlets. More than 120 concurrent sessions, high-level plenaries, skills-building workshops, and ministerial and parliamentarian forums will inspire and inform the participants’ work to build a better world for girls and women. 

The Women Deliver 2013 conference is one of the key dates in the international population and development calendar. With the 2015 Millennium Development Goal deadline rapidly approaching, the time is now to deliver for girls and women. Women Deliver 2013 will serve as a global platform for ensuring that the health and rights of girls and women remain top priorities now, and for decades to come.

Full programme can be accessed here. Visit the website (WD2013.org) and follow @womendeliver on Twitter for more information.

May 09 2013

Annual "Report on Progress on equality between women and men in 2012" in the EU is now available ONLINE. Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights are not mentioned even once.

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