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

Placing development priority on 10-year old girls will benefit national development.

JAKARTA, 15 November 2016: At today’s social media campaign, Deputy for Population Control Management of the National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKBN), Wendy Hartanto, said that greater attention should be given to ensuring the health, wellbeing and empowerment of girls aged 10 year old to build their potential. Read

FGM/C is against women’s rights and has no ground in Islamic teachings.

BATAM, November 3 2016: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) is a violation against women’s rights that has no basis in the Qur’an and the Haddith, according to Prof. Nasaruddin Umar, Grand Imam of the Istiqlal Mosque. A comprehensive cross sectoral approach is required to end the practice that preserve gender inequality. Read

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