Call to ban all forms of trade in children and women in the surrogacy industry in Ukraine

June 3, 2020


To the attention of Mr. Volodymyr Zelensky, President of Ukraine,


Call to ban all forms of trade in children and women in the surrogacy industry

in Ukraine


Dear mr. Zelensky,

We, the undersigning organizations, have been made aware from international media of shocking pictures from one of the biggest fertility clinics in Ukraine. Newborn babies in large numbers screaming for care and cannot be picked up by foreign customers due to the countries’ closed borders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The situation has revealed the massive global trade in children and women and underlined Ukraine’s obligations to sustain international conventions on the rights of children and women. We, the undersigning organizations, are demanding an immediate closure of the reproductive tourism and a ban on all forms of trade in children and women.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur has recognised surrogacy as the sale of children as defined in the Additional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The European Parliament has condemned the practice of surrogacy “which undermines the human dignity of the woman since her body and its reproductive functions are used as a commodity”. Furthermore, the European Parliament considers “that the practice of gestational surrogacy which involves reproductive exploitation and use of the human body for financial or other gain, in particular in the case of vulnerable women in developing countries, shall be prohibited and treated as a matter of urgency in human rights instruments.”

It is obvious that the current critical situation has been brought about by Ukraine’s permissive laws on surrogacy and lack of adequate public controls on this activity: clinics, lawyers and intermediaries who perform or contribute to it.

We trust that you share our great concern for the children and women affected in the trade and take all necessary measures to establish a regulation of the market aiming to ban all forms of trade in children and women for reproductive services.

Most respectfully,


Abogada, Argentina
Abolitionist Assembly of Madrid, Spain
ABSA (Abolition Surrogacy Australia), Australia
Adavas, Spain
Aefi. Asociación Escuela de feminismo e igualdad, Spain
AGEICU Asociación para la gestión igualitaria de la cultura, Spain
Alberta Radical Feminists, Canada
AMCV, Portugal
AMECO, Spain
Amicale du Nid, France
Anti-Pornography-and-Prostitution Research Group (APP), Japan
APP, Japan
Asociación de Mujeres Clara Campoamor de Orihuela, Spain
Asociación de Mujeres Juristas Themis, Spain
Asociación Feminista Tiemar, Spain
Assemblée des femmes, France
Association for nonviolent communication, Slovenia
Association SOS Help-line for Women and Chlidren – Victims of Violence, Slovenia
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Autonomous Women’s Center, Serbia
Breaking Free, United States
Bulgarian Platform – European Women’s Lobby, Bulgaria
Butterfly, Sweden
CADAC, France
Campaña argentina por el reconocimiento de los derechos de las mujeres en base al sexo, Argentina
Canadian Women’s Declaration, Canada
CAP international, France
Ccf, France
Center for support and development od civil society “DOLPHIN”, Croatia
Centre Evolutif Lilith, association Lesbienne Féministe, France
Centre for Women War Victims – ROSA, Croatia
Centro de Orientación Pedagógica, S. C., Mexico
Charles University, Czech Republic
Chus, Spain
ICASM – CIAMS,International Coalition for the Abolition of Surrogate Motherhood, France
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Clergeaud, France
Click Off, United Kingdom
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Insamlingsstiftelsen WONSA, Sweden
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International Coalition for the Abolition of Surrogate Motherhood, Int
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Italian Coordination of the European Women’s Lobby, Italy
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KSAN /WOCAD Womens´Organisations Committee on Alcohol and Drug Issues, Sweden
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