EU is one of the strongest supporters of SRHR overall, and family planning (FP) in particular. Most notably, SRHR is recognised as an important area of investment in the European Consensus on Development, the main policy paper defining a shared vision and framework for action in development cooperation for the EU and its Member States and which aims to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with the Sustainable Development Goals at its core.
EU and support to SRHR
All EU member states are bound by human rights treaties such as the European Convention, the Convention on the Rights of the Child and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. All EU member states are also united around the programmes of action from Cairo and Beijing. All these instruments guarantee sexual and reproductive rights to some extent.
The European Consensus on Development
The European Consensus on Development (2017) is a shared vision and framework for action for development cooperation for the European Union (EU) and its Member States. The ambitious collective European development policy addresses in an integrated manner the main focus points of the 2030 Agenda: people, planet, prosperity, peace, and partnership. The Consensus contributes to the objectives and principles of EU external action as laid down in the Lisbon Treaty, and supports the Global Strategy on the EU’s Foreign and Security Policy presented in June 2016 by the High Representative.
SRHR are mentioned especially in the paragraph 34, “The EU remains committed to the promotion, protection and fulfilment of all human rights and to the full and effective implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and the outcomes of their review conferences and remains committed to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), in this context. Having that in mind, the EU reaffirms its commitment to the promotion, protection and fulfilment of the right of every individual to have full control over, and decide freely and responsibly on matters related to their sexuality and sexual and reproductive health, free from discrimination, coercion and violence. The EU further stresses the need for universal access to quality and affordable comprehensive sexual and reproductive health information, education, including comprehensive sexuality education, and health-care services.”
Gender Action Plan
TEU Gender Action Plan GAP III –An ambitious agenda for gender equality and women’s empowerment in EU External Action guides EU’s and its member States’ external relations and development policy related to Gender issues.
EU’s Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in External Action 2021–2025 (GAP III) aims to accelerate progress on empowering women and girls, and safeguard gains made on gender equality during the 25 years since the adoption of the Beijing Declaration and its Platform for Action.
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Council of Europe – Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights In Europe
European States have the duty to take effective steps to respect and protect women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). This means respecting a range of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including right to health, to life, to be free from torture and illtreatment, to privacy, equality and non-discrimination. States should provide all women with accessible, affordable, good quality sexual and reproductive health care and services on national level and promote these rights on international cooperation.
Countdown 2030 Europe
Countdown 2030 Europe is a Consortium of 15 leading European non-governmental organizations working to ensure advancement of human rights and investment in family planning. Family Federation of Finland (Väestöliitto) is one of the 15 member non-governmental organisation of Countdown 2030 Europe. Aim of the Consortium is to hold donors to account for their policy an funding commitments to achieve universal access to reproductive health and address the unmet need for family planning in European countries and with the EU Institutions.
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