Here is an indication of what the political landscape looks like:
As every year, the European Union negotiates as a block. This means they speak with one voice, also on gender equality and sexual and reproductive health. However, this year they have split up (“broken”) on language referring to reproductive rights.
have left this group, which has enabled other countries to add a strong and crucial
paragraph to the text: Poland
During the negotiations
Italy, Spain, Slovenia,
and the also joined this group. Other strong allies for progressive language are Czech Republic Turkey (yes!), Brazil,
Australia, New Zealand, Israel,
Iceland, Argentina, Uruguay,
Norway, Colombia, and . Hurray for them! Switzerland
Unsurprisingly, there have also been some developments among conservative governments.
The Holy See, up to their usual business, has asked for the deletion of all references to gender, opposes references to sexual violence, and of course all language on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). What really blows my mind, is that even though they are only “observers” to the process, the
managed to be the first asking for amendments to the text. Already in the very
first sentence they are not content, wanting only to "remember" the Beijing Platform for Action, which continues to be so vital for the recognition of gender equality! Vatican
The African Group, who played a mayor role in the opposition especially 2 years ago, is divided.
Zambia and are strong allies for gender
equality and reproductive rights. Others in the group opposing such language
are Kenya Swaziland, Cameroon and . Other countries to watch out
for are Ghana Nicaragua and Chile, and the members of CARICOM from
the Caribbean community, for which is spokesperson. Barbados
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