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

Mar 26 2013

The UN High Level Panel is meeting for the 4th time in Bali to discuss the future development agenda in regards to the MDGs. The Global Civil Society Consultations took place on 23rd and 24th of March. Irina Costache from A.L.E.G., Romania is representing ASTRA Network at this crucial meeting.

The Civil Society and participants of the Women’s Caucus came forth with a  Civil Society Communiqué which includes several references to sexual and reproductive health and rights, in addition to the references in the other outcome documents that have also gone forward to the High Level Panel on Saturday and Sunday - thanks to the collective efforts of APA, ASTRA, ARROW, DAWN, IPPF and IWHC, as well as other organizations. This Civil Society Communiqué was presented in the morning plenary at the HLP meeting on Monday, 25th of March.

Source: http://ngosbeyond2014.org 

 

Mar 22 2013

WE WILL NOT BE MAINSTREAMED INTO A POLLUTED STREAM:

FEMINIST VISIONS OF STRUCTURAL TRANSFORMATIONS FOR ACHIEVING WOMEN'S HUMAN RIGHTS AND GENDER EQUALITY IN THE 2015 DEVELOPMENT AGENDA[1]

21 March 2013, Bonn

Statement 

We caution against developing another set of reductive goals, targets and indicators that ignore the transformational changes required to address the failure of the current development model rooted in unsustainable production and consumption patterns exacerbating gender, race and class inequities.

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Mar 22 2013

ASTRA sent today an open letter to Mr. Andris Piebalgs, the Latvian member of the UN High Level Panel with its key asks and concerns about the post 2015 framework. We ask for health, especially Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of women and young people, to be at the center of the future development agenda. Please find the open letter here

Mar 21 2013

UNFPA released a study on low usage of modern contraceptives in Eastern Europe. The report is entitled: “Key Factors Influencing Contraceptive Use in Eastern Europe and Central Asia” and is available online in English and Russian.

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Mar 21 2013

In his Report Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Juan E. Méndez, pays special attention to violations and abuses of women trying to access reproductive health services. He states that denial of legal abortion or prenatal screening, forced sterilization or breaches of confidence in patient-doctor relation can amount to torture or ill-treatment. Sadly the rapporteur mentions two cases of Polish women who have been denied their reproductive rights - P. & S. v. Poland and R.R. v. Poland. Full report is available online.

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