May 14, 2020. On May sixth, 59 countries, including 37 European ones, issued a joint statement highlighting that COVID -19 may negatively impact women’s and girls’ abilities to exercise their sexual rights and reproductive rights. The statement raises the increased risk of gender-based violence, and addresses the need to ensure sexual health and reproductive health services, also in humanitarian settings. Furthermore, the countries acknowledge the essential role of midwives and nurses to contain the corona virus.
All European Union members (and also the United Kingdom) subscribed the statement, with the exception of Hungary, Malta, Poland and Slovakia.
You can read the full statement here.