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

Apr 03 2017

During the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva outcomes of the 26th session of the Universal Periodic Review were adopted with Lithuania being one of the countries under review.

The Sexual Rights Initiative, with cooperation from ASTRA Network and Family Planning and Sexual Health Association from Vinus, Lithuaniua, delivered the Lithuanian NGO statement (available here).

During the review Lithuania accepted 153 recommendations on human rights implementation, including Finland's recommendation (100.141): to take actions to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights according to previous recommendations and to formulate a national strategy on sexual and reproductive health and rights, and integrate sexual and reproductive health into the next National Health Programme for 2026-2036.

Family Planning and Sexual Health Association and nongovernmental women's organizations network “ReGina” are pleased to note that Lithuanian Government has committed to fulfill   this recommendation and to ensure the improvement in sexual reproductive health and rights (source: Family Planning and Sexual Health Association).

Mar 31 2017

The 50th session of UN Commission on Population and Development will take place in UN HQ in New York from April 3rd to April 7th. The theme of this year's CPD is  "Changing population age structures and sustainable development".

ASTRA will be represented by its ASTRA Youth advocates - Marta Paczkowska, ASTRA Youth Coordinator and Julita Valancauskyte from out Lithuanian member, Family Planning and Sexual Health Association.

For more information about the 50th CPD please click HERE.

Mar 30 2017

The Central European University in Budapest is under great threat! The CEU has provided a world-class graduate education to thousands of students – in full conformity with Hungarian law – for over two decades. The home to free thinkers, human rights advocates and scholars faces a serious situations due a new proposed legislation on higher education. The proposed changes extend a battle between Mr George Soros (who funds the University) and prime minister Viktor Orban, who has cast the Budapest-born billionaire as an ideological enemy.

The legislation which has been proposed to the Hungarian Parliament would make it impossible for CEU to continue its present operations in Budapest.

CEU’s official response is here.

Petition on Change directed at the Hungarian National Assembly is available for signing here.

Link to article in Financial Times

Mar 29 2017

The Young Feminist Caucus gathered at the 61st session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women just released its statement - read it HERE.

Mar 27 2017

Feminist persistence pays off at UN Commission Status of Women, but challenges loom large in the changing world of work

Feminist activists have seen their hard work pay off as the UN 61st Commission on the Status of Women adopted a set of Agreed Conclusions that made significant commitments to advance women’s rights and economic empowerment in the changing world of work.

In response to feminists’ demands for gender-just strategies to confront the multiple impacts of climate change and related ecological damage, the Commission recognized the imperative of moving towards a just transition of the workforce toward low-carbon economies that deliver for women and the planet. “Now is the time for the strongest possible action toward a climate just planet, and this requires actions like a global moratorium on coal and keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, said Noelene Nabulivou of Diverse Voices and Action for Equality, Fiji. “This must be carried forward through a gender just and equitable and safe transition toward a low-carbon economy.” The Commission also called for gender-responsive strategies to increase women’s resilience to the economic impacts of climate change.  

Recognizing that women continue to shoulder the bulk of unpaid care and domestic work, the Commission established a blueprint for governments to reduce and redistribute this work through public services, labour and social protections, and affordable child and other care services. The Commission also urged governments to measure the value of unpaid care and domestic work through time use surveys, which will help measure progress towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The Commission also recognized the role of trade unions, collective bargaining and social dialogue in addressing economic inequalities and the importance of strong, global labour standards that protect women’s rights in the world of work.

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