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

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.

Mar 20 2013

Agreed Conclusions from the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women are now AVAILABLE

Mar 18 2013

On March 15th the United Nations Member States resoundingly committed to ending violence against women and girls, including strong agreements on promoting gender equality, women’s empowerment, and ensuring reproductive rights and access to sexual and reproductive health services.

The Agreed Conclusions of the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women represent another important step forward, building on the global momentum of the past twenty years, which has created a strong framework by which to end all forms of violence against women, young women, and girls.

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