Bridging Leadership Programme: Enhancing Family Planning and Reproductive Health in Bantul District

“It was really sad. It should not happen”, said Dr. Budi Nur Rokhmah of Bantul District Health Office after watching a video of Tini, a young woman who died  giving birth to her child.  Tini died because her husband was late getting her to the closest hospital. The hospital also refused to treat her as her husband could not pay the down payment fees. “The case is an example of lack of ability and means to immediately access maternal health services. It also shows that planning for safe motherhood, including the support from the community, was inadequate,” added Dr. Nur Rokhmah. Read

Welcome Speech of the UNFPA Representative at International Training on Comprehensive, Rights-based FP & FP Bridging Leadership Training

“Access to modern contraception saves and transforms women’s lives. It transforms their families and communities, too. Family planning is one of the best investments countries can make for women’s empowerment, gender equality and economic prosperity.” Read

Investing in teenage girls helps unleash their full potential for development

JAKARTA, Indonesia, 22 August 2016: Education, family and the media are strategic entry points not optimally utilized to empower teenage girls and boys to make life choices that allow them to enjoy good health and wellbeing, pursue higher education, join work force and have a career, said expert speakers at the commemoration of World Population Day 2016. Read

Opening Speech at the SSC Training on Strategic Partnership with Muslim Religious Leaders In Family Planning for Nepalese Officials

I would firstly like to thank the Government of Indonesia especially BKKBN – the National Population and Family Planning Board – for supporting this bilateral initiative, which I believe is a critical flagship programme of which UNFPA is proud to be a part. Read

Welcome Remarks by UNFPA Representative at the Seminar on Investing in Teenage Girls

Just a few days ago, I read an article entitled “When Schoolgirls Become Mothers in Rural Indonesia”.  A 19-year old Widianti became a mother much younger than she anticipated. She met a University student in Yogyakarta during her vacation. She became pregnant after dating, was forced to marry and delivered a baby.  Read