PES Women President, Zita Gurmai, welcomes this report and positive outcome of the vote “It is a huge step forward for promoting and enhancing SRHR of women. It reflects our progressive thinking on SRHR of women. This adoption is timely, considering the very conservative backlash we have been witnessing around Europe, and especially in my home country Hungary”.
This report provides a very comprehensive analysis of the issue and covers all its aspects, including the need to fight maternal mortality and to better collect data in each Member State to know the situation faced by women regarding SRHR.
Edite Estrela, the rapporteure, added: “I am convinced this is very good and progressive report contains all the elements to enhance women’s SRHR and to reverse the restrictive trend on SRHR observed in some Member State since the beginning of the crisis. Today is an inspiring day for all European women!”
The report also underlines the necessity to “ensure compulsory, age-appropriate and gender-sensitive sexuality and relationship education for all children and adolescents” in every member state and to exchange best practices on this point. This is a way to decrease adolescent birth rates and unwanted pregnancies, to “fight against stereotypes and prejudices, against “gender and sexual orientation discrimination”, as well as “to emphasize mutual respect and shared responsibility”.
It also puts a specific attention on gender-based violence related to sexual and reproductive rights as well as on STI prevention and treatment. Moreover, the report addresses “the specific SRHR of people living with HIV/AIDS, with a focus on the needs of women, notably by integrating access to testing and treatment and reversing the underlying socioeconomic factors contributing to the risk to women of HIV/AIDS, such as gender inequality and discrimination”.
On the report, which is due to be voted in plenary in October, Zita Gurmai concluded; “the included clear stance in favour of legalizing abortion in all member states and the recommendations that abortion should be made legal, safe, and accessible to all, is an encouraging position. We Socialists have always believed that women, everywhere in Europe, should have the same opportunity and access to fully carry out their choice - a choice, which should not be determined by geographical location or by social status”.