Improved advocacy strategy for a stronger policy and evidence based interventions needed for clear progress in Female Genital Mutilation-Cutting (FGM/C) elimination

JAKARTA, 14 December 2016: Since it was first commenced in early year 2000 up until now, effort to eliminate Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting have yet to show meaningful progress. To date, it is widely observed that the social, cultural and religious views, that preserve this harmful practice, still prevail in communities across Indonesia. Moving forward, women’s rights researchers and activists, called for stronger synergy of multisectoral actors with improved advocacy strategy for a stronger policy and concrete actions to end FGM/C. Read

Opening Remarks of UNFPA Representative Dr Annette Robertson at the Seminar on FGM Morrisey Hotel, 13 December 2016

Ladies and gentlemen, Good morning; selamat pagi.   On behalf of UNFPA it is my great pleasure to be with you all here today to the 2016 Seminar on FGM/C.    I would like to take this opportunity to thank MOWECP for conducting this seminar on FGM/C in 2016.  This is a followup to a series of meetings and to the international seminar held in September last year.  This forum is a follow-up to government’s commitment to eliminating FGM/C, which was voiced by Minister Yohana Yembise at the International Day of Zero Tolerance on FGM/C in New York early 2016. She said that elimination of FGM/C is one of the government’s focus to protect the rights of women and girls in Indonesia. Read

Opening Remarks of Dr. Annette Sachs Robertson, UNFPA Representative at the Workshop on the Development of Curricullum Diversification of Module for Teachers on ASRH Education at Le Meridien Hotel, Jakarta, 13-15 December 2016

I am delighted to represent UNFPA at this opening of the diversification of the curriculum on Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health.
As you are aware, around 65 million young people, aged 10 to 24 years old, representing 28% of total population, are growing up in Indonesia, where preventable and treatable health problems like early pregnancy, unsafe sex, HIV/AIDS, depression, injury, and violence remain a daily threat to their health, wellbeing, and life chances. Today, they also face new challenges, including rising levels of obesity, mental health disorders, high unemployment and sexual violence - as currently has been reported by media in many places in Indonesia. Read

Changing mindset & behavior among Papuan men and boys and fostering their active engagement to end violence against women and girls (VAWG).

JAYAPURA, December 7, 2016: Around 28 girls and boys aged between 13-15 years old sat in groups, discussing topics, selected to get conversation going and allow them to get to know each other better, such as what they like or dislike and what do they have in common. As an answer to the last question, a group wrote down in a flipchart: we all have mothers. “Yes, we all have mothers.. we don’t want to see them hurt or sad... we all want to make her happy and proud,” said a boy. Read

Empowering girls and young people should be development priority

JAKARTA, 22 November 2016: Promoting health, education and empowerment of girls and young people should be development priority, said population observers at a National Seminar, entitled Strengthening Population Control and FP Institution to Ensure Sustainable Development and National Resilience and the Launch of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) State of World Population Report 2016. They stressed the need to strengthen young people’s resourcefulness for their own future and secure their contribution to overall sustainable development and national resilience, including in times of disaster.  Read