Reproductive rights are internationally recognized as critical both for advancing women’s human rights
and for promoting development. In recent years, governments from all over the world have acknowledged
and pledged to advance reproductive rights to an unprecedented degree.
Eurostat proposes currently on its website datasets at NUTS2 and NUTS3 levels using
the new NUTS2006 territorial division. The problem is that most statistical data, even
the more basic data like population are actually not complete for all countries. In
particular, population is not available in countries where important changes has
occurred in the territorial delimitation of regions and the data elaborated in the
previous NUTS2003 division are no more available.
Iam extremely pleased to introduce Women of the World: Laws
and Policies Affecting Their Reproductive Lives,East Central Europe.
This book is a unique review of laws and policies relating to
reproductive health and rights in East Central Europe. The
dramatic political and economic transitions in this region have
resulted in numerous laws and policies that shape women’s
health and reproductive lives.
The Russian Federation is one of the world’s largest multiethnic states,
whose internal structure includes various entities. Its political division is
based on territorial, ethnic, and territorial-ethnic principles. The Russian
Federation is not a result of unionization of its members by virtue of
agreement or treaty. It is rather a historically formed federal state, whose
federal principles were established as constitutional with consent and approval
of the federation’s constituent members.