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

Apr 30 2013

Latest issue of ASTRA monthly bulletin in now out! Read about the double standards of the EU regarding SRHR issues, worrying anti-choice moves in the region, Putin tightening the screws for Russian civil society and the latest in ICPD and post-2015 processes and much, much more! 

Apr 30 2013

The Resolution of the 46th Session of the Commission on Population and Development recognized the centrality of meeting the needs of women and young people through migration policies and programs that respect and protect human rights. In recent years, demographic patterns have shifted dramatically. Today, more women are migrating than ever before, representing nearly half of the total international migrant population, and in some countries, as much as 70 to 80 percent. During the process of migration, women and girls tend to be more vulnerable to human rights violations, particularly breaches of their sexual and reproductive health and rights including violence and sexual coercion. In recognition of these realities, the Resolution urges Member States to “incorporate a gender perspective into all policies and programmes on international migration,” and to “strengthen actions to prevent and eliminate all forms of violence, coercion, discrimination, trafficking in persons, and exploitation and abuse of women and girls.” Furthermore, the Resolution calls upon Member States to adopt or strengthen measures to prevent “discrimination, sexual harassment, violence and sexual abuse in the workplace, including in domestic work.”

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Apr 26 2013

The High-Level Task Force For ICPD Released

Policy Recommendations for ICPD Beyond 2014: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for All

“While we are encouraged by the achievements of ICPD implementation, the challenge is that too many people around the world are still denied their sexual and reproductive health and rights. These fundamental freedoms and human rights lie at the very core of human dignity.”

H.E. Tarja Halonen, former president of Finland, co-chair of High-Level Task Force for ICPD

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Apr 25 2013

Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights is coordinating the global May 28th campaign which is dedicated to ACCESS TO CONTRACEPTIVES AS A HUMAN RIGHT. The way to contribute is to send a photo and/or video with your statement, view or story on access to contraception. All contributions will be included in the international action on May 28th, 2013.  Send your photos/videos directly to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 10th.

More information on the campaign can be found on WGNRR website and in the video promoting this campaign. 

Apr 24 2013

In 2012, the European Court of Human Rights issued P. and S. v. Poland, a landmark decision that slams Poland’s flawed abortion policies and sets groundbreaking standards for the rights of adolescents to reproductive health services. The judgment sheds light on the country’s reproductive health policies and calls for urgent reform. Poland has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in Europe which forces numerous women to turn to illegal, underground abortions and which often makes is difficult to obtain a lawful procedure.

 

Center for Reproductive Rights issued a fact sheet on the P. and S. v. Poland case which describes the case history, the important legal precedents,  relevant human right provisions and suggested remedies. More information available online.

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