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Factsheet on youth in Eastern Europe and Central Asia by UNFPA

A new factsheet by UNFPA EECARO (Eastern Europe and Central Asia Regional Office) focuses on youth issues in the region. 

The Eastern Europe and Central Asia region has undergone intensive political, economic, and social transformations over the past decade, opening up new opportunities for people under the age of 25, who make up 22 per cent of the region’s population. But the pace and nature of change has also left adolescents (ages 10-19) and youth (ages 15-24) highly vulnerable to poverty; unemployment; health issues, including those related to sexual and reproductive health; and political disenfranchisement. Commitment to the development and promulgation of policies to address the needs of young people (all those ages 10-24) varies widely across the region, with ideological, political, and resource issues all coming into play.

This publication provides a brief overview of the key issues of concern regarding young people in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, UNFPA's work in the region, and priorities for the future.

The factsheet is accessible HERE.

Source: UNFPA

Global Day of Action for access to safe and legal abortion - speak out against abortion stigma!

This September 28, the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion, the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) in partnership with the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion and La Campaña 28 LAC, are calling to speak out against abortion stigma.

Organizations and individuals are encouraged to join the action by endorsing the manifesto, sending photos,videos and stories related to abortion stigma.

More information on the campaign may be found here:

Source: WGNRR

Summer issue of ASTRA Bulletin

The latest issue of ASTRA Bulletin which covers July and August is now available. Read about all the latest SRHR related news, events and publications!

The 134th issue of ASTRA bulletin is available HERE. 

UN Secretary-General's Index Report available

The UN Secretary-General's index report “Recurrent themes and key elements identified during the sessions of the Commission on  Population and Development” is now available on the United Nations Official Documents with symbol number A/69/122. It summarizes discussions and proceedings from this year’s meeting of the Commission on Population and Development and forms one of the background documents for the UNGASS on ICPD in September.The report recognizes that the fullfillment of sexual and reproductive health and rights for women, men and young people is essential for sustainable development. It calls for the realization of young people's rights, and expanding access to sexual and reproductive health services.

ASTRA Youth in the latest issue of Entre Nous

The latest issue (n.80,2014) of Entre Nous, the WHO magazine for sexual and reproductive health, focuses on sexual and reproductive health and rights of adolescents across Europe. It features several articles devoted to young people's SRHR in CEE region: sexuality education in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, youth-friendly services in Moldova and youth reproductive health problems in Ukraine.

The issue includes also the article on European youth activism, with the article on ASTRA Youth work!

The magazine is available online here.



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