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

Jun 07 2013

In May the Government of Macedonia has proposed to the Parliament to vote for a new abortion law. The new law is said to include a few articles which will restrict access to abortion. As a response, H.E.R.A. (ASTRA Member from Macedonia) wrote a letter against Draft Abortion Bill, which was widely circulated and collected signatures of support from 90 organizations worldwide. In this form the letter was sent on June 6th to the Prime Minister and the Member of Parliamentarians to call upon this harmful draft abortion law and to ensure wider consultative and transparent process in its creation.

The authors of the letter express their deep gratitude for all the international support and hope that this inhuman legislation doesn’t pass through the Parliament.

More information on the draft law can be found here. The letter is available here.

Jun 06 2013

ASTRA Youth and ASTRA participated in the Regional Youth Forum on May 30-31 in Istanbul organized by UNFPA prior to the regional UNECE ICDP beyond 2014 conference which is due early July in Geneva.

Read short report by ASTRA Youth HERE

Jun 06 2013

Lawyer of the Federation for Women and Family Planning Karolina Więckiewicz delivered a statement at UN Human Rights Council on behalf of ASTRA,  Romanian ASTRA member A.L.E.G. and Sexual Rights Initiative in the framework of Romania's Universal Periodic Review. 

This statement can be accessed online

There was also a statement on behalf Sexual Rights Initiative, Action Canada for Population and Development, Romanian ASTRA member - Euroregional Center for Public Initiatives from Romania, SECS and the Global Justice Institute which was delivered on the same day. Access it here

Jun 05 2013

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Jun 05 2013

On May 30th the UNHigh Level Panel of Eminent Persons submitted to the UN Secretary General the final report on Post-2015 Development Agenda entitled “A New Global Partnership: Eradicate Poverty and Transform Economies through Sustainable Development”. The launch event and meeting with various stakeholders, including the civil society, was held in New York on May 31st

This report is the culmination of the ongoing for several months consultations of the High Level Panel members with various stakeholders, including the civil society, through various channels: online consultations, submission of statements, four in person High Level Panel meetings. It brings a new perspective on the future development and cooperation. The universal development agenda in this report builds on the Millennium Development Goals and recognizes 11 universal goals with targets which will complete the unfinished business of the MDGs.

The Goal 4 “Ensure Healthy Lives” includes strong reference to SRHR which is a critical priority in its own right - “Universal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) is an essential component of a healthy society” (page 39). The report states that full realization of both sexual and reproductive health, and sexual and reproductive rights, requires universal access to comprehensive, rights-based sexual and reproductive health services, as well as is critical for the empowerment of young people. However, abortion is mentioned once in the context of unplanned pregnancies which are a consequence of “222 million women in the world who want to prevent pregnancy but are not using effective, modern methods of contraception. This results in 80 million unplanned pregnancies, 30 million unplanned births and 20 million unsafe abortions every year” (page 39).

Goal 2 “Empower Girls and Women and achieve gender equality” clearly states the importance of gender equality in all aspects of life and the necessity of its integration across all goals.

Moving forward, this report is a big step in the Post-2015 process and there is now time to look to the Open Working Group and other parts of this process which will be able to build on this report and also ensure prioritizing SRHR issues as well human-rights based approach to population.


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