Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia

ASTRA Network: The fight hidden in plain sight


This report is an overview of 14 countries’ situations regarding abortion, contraception, pre-and antenatal care, sexuality education, LGBTQI+ rights, and gender-based violence – all written from the
perspective of local activists.

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ASTRA Network

A situation, in which women could be threatened or killed can have a lot of forms.

Starting from repetitive attempts of fundamentalist movements to limit access to abortion and contraception, attacks aimed at women’s and sexual and reproductive rights activists, numerous attempts to alter the law in several countries of the region so that women would struggle to actively exercise their basic human rights to decide about themselves and their bodies... And this is just the tip of the iceberg – all of the above, and so much more, is the norm for women living in Central and Eastern Europe, and Central Asia.

The lack of adequate medical care results in a risk to women's life and health. Women are suffering and dying because unprofessional, risky abortions or during carrying forced and fatal pregnancies.

There is no full access to abortion care throughout the country and abortion still is stigmatized among community members, health care providers, men and some political parties’ representatives.

This issue is recurring for many countries in this report. Abortion is still one of the most problematic, along with LGBTQI+ rights.




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