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

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.

Apr 24 2013

This week the 46th session of UN Commission on Population and Development is taking place in New York with the theme “New trends in migration: demographic aspects”. The topic of migration has waited for six years to be addressed by this political entity and comes at the right time even though governments are not very keen to embrace it in its full spectrum. In the past years we have witnessed a changing dynamic of migration, with an increase of human movement from rural to urban areas but also – as a result of growing militarization and new conflicts appearing in different parts of the world – a growing population of internally displaced people (IDPs), as well as refugees and asylum seekers. Migration routes are not so obvious anymore. People don’t only move from the Global South to the North or within the North but also South-South migration is emerging with the rise of new economic powers in those parts of the world. Women have grown to be the biggest group of migrants globally and most of them are of reproductive age. Also, a new group of LGBT migrants is demanding its rights – both those who seek asylum due to discrimination and violence they face in home countries and those who wish to be reunited with their same-sex partners but legal provisions make it difficult for them to do so.

Apr 23 2013

Milena Kadieva from Gender Alternatives, Bulgarian ASTRA member organisation, participated in the 2nd Thematic Meeting "Inequalities, Social Inclusion and Rights” which was held in Belgrad on 15-16 April 2013. This meeting will feed into the ICPD Beyond 2014 Review Process in the UNECE region which will be finalised on 1-2 July at the Regional Conference “Enabling choices: Population priorities for the 21st century". Milena Kadieva will be one of the speakers at this event and she will present the outcome of the meeting in Belgrad to the audience. Her report from the 2nd thematic meeting is available online. 


Apr 22 2013

46th Session of UN Commission on Population and Development (CPD) will take place from 22-26 of April in New York. The CPD plays the primary role in the follow-up to the implementation of the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development. The theme for the 2013 session will be New Trends in Migration: Demographic Aspects. More infomration can be accessed here:

Apr 16 2013

The final report of the Thematic Consultation on Health in the post 2015 development agenda is now finalised and accessible ONLINE. Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights are featured as one of the main priorities for any future health goal or target in the post 2015 agenda. Equity, equality and reproductive health are mentioned as key components to achieve any health goal in the future global development. 
ASTRA Network contributed to this important report with its regional health consultation which was coorganised with East European Women's Network for SRHR and WHO. The consultation took place on 26-27 January 2013 in Moscow, Russian Federation. It resulted with an outcome report adressing health and post 2015 development agenda in Central and Eastern Europe region. 

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