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20th anniversary of the Federation for Women and Family Planning

This autumn the Polish Federation for Women and Family Planning, which serves as ASTRA Youth Secretariat, celebrates its 20th anniversary. Feel invited to watch the film about the organisation. 

ASTRA Youth joins WGNRR!

The ASTRA Youth Network joined the Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights

WGNRR is a southern-based global network that builds and strengthens movements for sexual and reproductive health, rights (SRHR) and justice. Their work is grounded in the realities of those who most lack economic, social and political power. WGNRR works to realise the full sexual and reproductive health and rights of all people, with a particular focus on the most marginalised. 

Two new members!

The ASTRA Youth Network welcomed two new members into the Network: The Family Planning and Sexual Health Association from Lithuania and The Family Planning Association from Moldova. ASTRA Youth has now 13 member organizations from 12 countries and two individual members. 


The Changemakers

ASTRA Youth was invited to attend the You Act: European Youth Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights workshop "Changemakers Workshop" for young SRHR activists which was held from the 14th to the 16th of October in Warsaw, Poland. The workshop followed the EuroNGOs conference Future Perspectives on Development Cooperation - Putting SRHR on the Right Track and was supported by UNFPA and EuroNGOs. Through organizing the Changemakers workshop, YouAct aimed to bring youth participants working with youth-led and youth-serving SRHR organizaitons together with young people from other movements to share, collaborate and build partnership. 


11th International Meeting on Women and Health

ASTRA Youth delegation participated in the 11th International Meeting on Women and Health, which was held in Brussels in Belgium from 13th to 17th September 2011. Tetiana Slobodian from Ukraine, Elizabet Dimitrova from Bulgaria and Marta Szostak from Poland represented the ASTRA Youth Network and its mission during this five day conference. The IWHM has a long tradition of being an expression of the global feminism movement for health, the first conference was held in Rome in 1975.  


"Investing in Youth: Path to Accelerated Development"

Elizabet from Bulgaria and Daniel from Macedonia from ASTRA Youth attended the UNFPA Regional Youth Conference "Investing in Youth: Path to Accelerated Development" which took place in Istanbul, Turkey, from 9th to 11th May 2011.

Elizabet and Daniel at the UNFPA conference in Turkey

Reply from the EP regarding the Petition on Sex Ed

ASTRA and ASTRA Youth have today recieved a reply from the European Parliament regarding the Petition on Sexuality Education. The letter confirms the receipt of the document which has been now forwarded to the Committee on Petitions.

Petition to the European Parliament regarding Sexuality Education

The ASTRA Network together with the ASTRA Youth Network have submitted a petition to the European Parliament regarding compulsory Sexuality Education in all European Union member countries. The Petition has support from four ASTRA member countries and their NGOs affiliated with ASTRA: Bulgaria, Romania, Lithuania and Poland.


ASTRA Network workshop on adressing threats to SRHR

ASTRA Network and a few ASTRA Youth members, together with other SRHR activists from the region, attended the "Regional Workshop for Women's Rights Advocates: How to Adress Threats to Reproductive Rights in Central and Eastern Europe" in Warsaw. 

Commision on the Status of Women

On March 2nd 2011 Aysel Asgarova from Azerbaijan and Wanda Nowicka from Poland and the ASTRA Netowork, presented the latest ASTRA Youth report “Reproductive Health and Rights of Adolescents in Central and Eastern Europe and Balkan countries” during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. The panel session was held as a side NGO event in New York and was attended by researchers, students, and NGO activists.

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