Sexual and reproductive health and rights are issues of critical importance in Central and Eastern Europe. Women in the region are underrepresented in political and economic arenas, receive lower wages than men for equal work, shoulder a large portion of responsibility for child-rearing and domestic work, and have weak legal protection from harassment or violence.

IWHC supports women’s rights activists in Central and Eastern Europe to advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights during key regional and international negotiations. The ASTRA Network, our longtime regional partner, has become one of the strongest voices defending sexual and reproductive rights in the European Union.

IWHC Stands With Polish Women Demanding Abortion Rights

  • June 29, 2018

As legislators seek to revive draconian legislation that would nearly ban abortion in Poland, IWHC stands in solidarity with Polish women who are defying a repressive state to claim their reproductive and human rights.

Partner: Central and Eastern European Women’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Rights and Health (ASTRA)

  • November 14, 2013

The Central and Eastern European Women’s Network for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (ASTRA) is a regional network of 31 women’s rights organizations from 20 Central and Eastern Europe countries working to advance sexual and reproductive health and rights for women in that region. Since ASTRA’s inception in 1999, the Federation for Women and…

Young Activists Challenge European Governments to Stand Up for Sexual Rights

This week, government officials from Europe and Central Asia, academics, activists, and representatives from the private sector gathered in Istanbul to review the region’s progress on meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe convened the two-day conference as an opportunity for governments to set their priorities for new sustainable…