ANSER and EPF policy paper ‘Ensuring Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Ukrainian Refugees’


Since the beginning of the Ukrainian conflict on the 24th of February 2022, 3,5 million Ukrainians have fled to neighbouring countries, mainly Poland, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Slovakia and Belarus. Most of the displaced are women and children whose human rights are at risk. Host countries and the international community are accountable for making sure that they can access appropriate sexual and reproductive health and rights - (SRHR) services.

With this policy paper, the Academic Network for Reproductive Health and Rights Policies (ANSER) and the European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (EPF) call upon the international community and national governments, to ensure that Ukrainian refugees receive appropriate SRHR services in the host countries.

In this context, this policy paper covers six important aspects of SRHR: 1) limited access to contraceptives; 2) increased risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV; 3) increased risk of unsafe pregnancies and deliveries ; 4) Increased risk of unsafe abortions; 5) upsurge of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV); 6) LGBTI+ rights under pressure; 7) babies of surrogate mothers not reaching their intended parents.

Please download the policy paper here:
- English version: ‘Ensuring Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of Ukrainian Refugees’
- Version française: ‘Garantir la santé et les droits sexuels et reproductifs des réfugié.e.s’
- Nederlandse versie: ‘Het garanderen van seksuele en reproductieve gezondheid en rechten van Oekraïense vluchtelingen’
- Versión en español: 'Garantizar la salud y los derechos sexuales y reproductivos de las y los refugiados ucranianos'
- Chinese version: 确保乌克兰难民的性和生殖健康及权利
- Swedish version:  Säkerställande av sexuell och reproduktiv hälsa och rättigheter för ukrainska flyktingar