Joint Statement of Women’s Rights Civil Society Movements at the Asia-Pacific Civil Society Consultation for the 20-Year Review of the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and for the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

Forever Forward, Never Backward

Donal Kerry from Justice Campaign for Agnes Gereb shared good news that after 3 years, 4 months and 15 days of house arrest the court removed Agnes Gereb's movement restrictions. According to the court’s ruling Agnes Gereb is allowed to move freely within the capital city Budapest and the immediate county that the capital is situated within. Agnes Gereb is not however, permitted to go beyond this territory nor is she allowed to advise or consult with pregnant women.

Honorable Mr. Chairperson and distinguished representatives, ladies and gentlemen,
On behalf of the Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights and the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS, I welcome the opportunity to represent today, before the Commission on Status of Women, over a thousand organizations and individuals worldwide who are committed to advancing sexual and reproductive rights.
Mexico, 6 and 7 February 2014
Networks, national and regional coalitions, campaigns and members of feminist and women's movements coordinated in a pre-Cairo+20 Regional Structure, have taken part in discussions about different United Nations agendas, particularly those related to Beijing+20 and the new post-2015 development agenda. With this as a start, and with the experience we have gained, we call upon our region’s Women Ministers on gender equality.

AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA) is looking for Regional Advocacy Officer.

Established in 2002, ARASA is a regional partnership of non-governmental organisations working together to promote a human rights based response to HIV/AIDS in Southern Africa through capacity building and advocacy. The Regional Secretariat of ARASA is located in Windhoek, Namibia.

ARASA seeks to appoint a committed and dynamic individual to assume the position of Regional Advocacy Officer in Windhoek.

In reaction to the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Law in Nigeria that criminalizes not only same sex marriage but also any advocacy and support for the rights of sexual minorities, WGNRR is calling the Nigerian Government to repeal that law and respect sexual rights in Nigeria.

The article published in January issue of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics highlighted Ipas and Public Health Institute funded initiative aimed to explore “the feasibility of educating communities about gynecological uses of misoprostol at the community level through community based organizations in countries with restrictive abortion laws”.

This is a statement by Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) representing over one thousand organisations and individuals from seventy three countries, working towards the fulfilment of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) of all, with a specific focus on the rights of women and girls.