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

Oct 22 2012

The idea for the Platform and for a Coordinating Committee was discussed at a workshop organised in Brussels on 21-22 May. The participants in this workshop consisted of representatives from 11 SRHR networks (international, regional and youth) and from North-America (North-America doesn’t have a SRHR network). The list of networks is given below. During the workshop, participants discussed a common ask that can unite the SRHR community in the beyond 2014-2015 processes. The goal of this Platform became to ensure that SRHR is meaningfully included in the post 2015 development framework.

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Oct 17 2012

ASTRA Network annual meeting will take place in Warsaw, 18th-19th October, 2012. Activists from 25 SRHR organizations across Central and Eastern Europe will meet to dscuss ASTRA Network's strategic plan and our role in the ICPD+20 review process. Our monitoring report RECLAIMING AND REDEFINING RIGHTS. ICPD+20: Status of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Central and Eastern Europe is currently being proof read but it is already available in electronic format!

Oct 10 2012

Today the Polish parliament voted on two draft laws regarding reproductive rights. The first one was Act on conscious parenthood that aimed at liberalizing abortion, introducing comprehensive sexual education and guaranteeing access to subsidized contraception. Although the debate showed lack of understanding of the links between number of abortions and proper sexual education and use of contraception, there was still a chance that MPs would not reject the draft bill after first reading and put if for further parliamentary work in relevant committees. That did not happen. Civic Platform (the leading party, calling itself central and liberal), Polish Peasants Party and two conservative parties, Law&Justice and Solidary Poland voted for rejection. Only 70 MPs (Democratic Left Alliance and Palikot’s Movement) voted against that. It means that this battle for liberalization of abortion law is over.

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Oct 07 2012

Council of Europe: Anti-Choice initiative blocked by 100 MPs at an initial stage. Back in July 2012, a number of anti-choice MPs headed by Chair of  the EPP- European People's Party (most powerful and largest centre-right block at PACE) tabled a Motion for a Resolution entitled "Combating eugenics and discrimination against people with disabilities" . The objective of the resolution was to prevent women from accessing information and taking decisions about their pregnancies.

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Oct 04 2012

The Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, voted with an overwhelming majority to support a bill that would ban “homosexual propaganda”. 289 out of 450 members of parliament supported the bill, which is now expected to move for a second round of reading in parliament later this month.

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