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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.

ASTRA Youth report launch event at the European Parliament

The ASTRA Youth report launch event took place at the European Parliament in Brussels on January 12th 2011. Three ASTRA Youth members from Macedonia, Bulgaria and Poland, talked about the situation of young people regarding SRHR in our region and briefly presented the report to the audience. Three Members of the Parliament took part in our event, Sophie in't Veld, Antonyia Parvanona and Katarina Nevedalova. 

ASTRA Youth members at the European Parliament

Launch of the ASTRA Youth report at the European Parliament

Member of European Parliament, honorable Sophie in 't Veld, the ASTRA and ASTRA Youth Networks are preparing the launch event of the recent Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Adolescents in Central and Eastern Europe and Balkan Countries. The event will take place in the European Parliament, ASP 5 G 1 on Wednesday 12 January 2011, 12:30 to 14:30 pm. Please see the invitation to this so very much important to us event!

New ASTRA Youth report on SRHR of adolescents!

Astra Youth has been recently working on a report on the current situation of young people concerning sexual and reproductive health and rights issues in the Astra Youth countries. The Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights report is now available online for reading! Enjoy!

ASTRA Youth at the AWID Young Women's Dialogue

Six Astra Youth members took part in the Young Women's Dialogue organised by the Association for Women's Rights in Development. The meeting was held in Tbilisi in Georgia from 18th to 20th October 2010. We discussed young women's issues, most common problems in the region, how to build a movement and use our strength when working for young women's rights. This meeting was followed by another AWID event - the Resource Mobilization meeting for women's NGOs where four Astra Youth members were present together with other members of the ASTRA Network. 

To learn more about the AWID’s space for young feminists please visit the Young Feminist Wire

ASTRA Youth strategic meeting and workshop in Georgia, autumn 2010

The Astra Youth members attended the strategic meeting and workshop which was scheduled for three days in Tbilisi in Georgia in October 2010. 11 participants from 5 countries met to discuss the SRHR issues and plan the Astra Youth’s activities for the upcoming year. They also completed a workshop on fundraising and proposal writing. The workshop was co organized by the ASTRA Youth Secretariat from Warsaw and HERA XXI from Tbilisi. You can read our report from this workshop and also look up some photos in the gallery. 

New member from Croatia!

CESI - Centre for Education, Counselling and Research form Zagreb in Croatia just joined the ASTRA Youth Network. CESI was established on 8th March 1997, the International Women's Day, in response to problems of the violation of human rights, in particular women's and minority rights, nationalism, militarization, and the deterioration of economic standards in the post-war period. CESI has been closely cooperating with ASTRA Youth on the occasion of the Youth’s VOICE in 2006 and YES Campaign in 2007. Vesna Štefančić will be the organization representative. Welcome! 

Healthy Youth - Healthy Future

On the occasion of the International Youth Day – 12th of August 2009, ASTRA Youth in Armenia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan and Poland organized promotional campaign around slogan: Healthy youth – healthy future! We used this awareness day to draw public attention to lack of proper sexual education for youth. In main cities in ASTRA Youth members countries we were trying to raise awareness among young people by distributing material about sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS and promote safer sexual behavioral patterns.

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UNFPA letter on the International Youth Day 2009

The UNFPA Executive Director, Thoraya Ahmed, issued a message on the occasion of the International Youth Day - SUSTAINABILITY: Our Challenge. Our Future.

Theatre based Training of Trainers in the field of HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health in Azerbaijan.

On July 8 – 12th, 2009 Y-PEER Azerbaijan in partnership with Association of United Nations Interns Azerbaijan and Medical Doctors and Students (AzerMDS) Public Union held a 5-day Theatre-based Training of Trainers in the field of HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health with sponsorship of “Qarant Sigorta” Insurance Company. The training, led by Ms. Fidan Gafarova, certified by UNFPA Headquarters as a trainer in the field of peer education and reproductive health, aimed at building the capacity of selected trainees to plan, design and deliver high quality theater based peer education training in the field of HIV/AIDS and reproductive health.

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