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

Jul 17 2012

In May 2012, the Population Council, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics, and the Reproductive Health Supplies Coalition hosted a meeting of international experts to discuss ways to increase access to highly effective, long-acting, reversible contraception (LARCs) and accelerate progress toward meeting the Millennium Development Goal of universal access to reproductive health services.

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Jul 12 2012

Yesterday, we celebrated the World Population Day. It is observed on July 11 annually in order to raise awareness of global population issues. This year’s theme was Universal Access to Reproductive Health Services.

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Jul 11 2012

Contraceptives are one of the best investments a country can make in its future. Today, more than 200 million women and girls in developing countries who do not want to get pregnant lack access to contraceptives, information, and services – which, for many, will cost them their lives. It has been proven that family planning saves lives, improves health, strengthens communities, and stimulates economic growth.

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Jul 10 2012

We are delighted to call your attention to  Financial Times Special Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health. What started off as a germ of an idea months ago has resulted in today’s global report on the state of reproductive health. It is the result of partners contributing their ideas, their time, and their resources to this truly collaborative effort. This report leads in to a key event, the Family Planning Summit 2012, to take place on Wednesday in London.  

Jul 05 2012

Abortion legislation in Europe is very varied and when looking at the legislation in the different countries the phrase ‘no two alike’ comes to mind. Each country has specific details in their regulations and requirements which contribute to the variety of the abortion legislation and practice in the European and Central Asian region. The legislation in Europe also has a very diverse history – whereas the Northern European countries started liberalizing their abortion legislation in early to mid 1970s, the Eastern European, Central Asian and Baltic Countries allowed abortions in the 1950s. The sub-regional abortion rates also show big differences and a recent article from the Guttmacher Institute highlighted these differences by pointing out that Europe is home to the sub-region with the lowest abortion rates (western EU) and the sub-region with the highest abortion rates (Eastern Europe).

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