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Recently, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) took a major decision in favour of young peoples' right to sexuality education at school on the grounds that this provides them with the skills to protect themselves from sexual violence. This ...
When the exit polls late on 25 May predicted a massive landslide victory for the Yes campaign to repeal the 8th amendment of the Irish constitution, activists and campaigners barely dared to hope. But when the counting began the following ...
The 51st session of the Commission on Population and Development (CPD 51) took place in New York just last week. Countdown 2030 Europe partners took part in the negotiations as members of various national delegations and advisors on the SRHR ...
The European Commission is currently preparing a proposal for its next multiannual budget, which will determine the EU’s annual spending from 2021 to 2027. This is a complex and highly political process, made even more so as the UK prepares ...
March 2nd marked the first anniversary of She Decides , a global movement gathering individuals, organizations and governments committed to building a “new normal” where women and girls everywhere can decide about their own bodies, lives and futures. Without question. ...
Sex and relationships education in Europe and Central Asia is at a crossroads. Years of experience, research and international guidance mean that there are no knowledge gaps in terms of how to provide young people with the crucial life skills ...
By Alison Spillane, Irish Family Planning Association. Ireland has taken important steps in recent years in the fight to end female genital mutilation (FGM). At the domestic level, the Criminal Justice (Female Genital Mutilation) Act was introduced in 2012 to ...
“I remember when I was little, there was one very stigmatising ad on Macedonian TV about how to protect yourself from HIV,” recalls philosophy student Bojan. “It was really scary. It was like: ‘Do you know that in every discotheque ...
In an increasingly uncertain funding landscape, Macedonia’s sexual and reproductive health and rights NGOs work tirelessly to plug the gap left by the chasm in the country’s public healthcare system. Whether marginalised because of sexuality, gender identity, occupation or ethnicity, ...
Being young and gay in Macedonia is to live in fear of your safety. Like many Balkan countries, Macedonia is notoriously patriarchal and conservative, and homophobia is systemic. “In the Balkans we’re still under this patriarchal [system],” says Laki, a ...