Teen marriage: Stolen dreams & futures

No girl should be robbed of her childhood, education, health and aspirations. Yet today millions of girls are denied their rights each year when they are married young — UN Women. Indonesian girls are no exception. Millions of young girls in Indonesia are married before they celebrate their 18th birthday.  Read

A Comprehensive SRH Model for All Youth

The second stage of Unala – the private sector-led sexual and reproductive health services model for youth implemented by UNFPA – was unveiled in Yogyakarta on Friday.  Read

Realizing Young People’s Potential: The Path to a Brighter Future

When Ayu Oktariani discovered that she was HIV positive in 2009, the mother-of-one refused to feel sorry for herself.“I was obviously surprised, but I didn’t get depressed,” explains the 28-year-old. “Instead, I was rather puzzled about it and wondered what I should do.” Read

Keeping Our Youth Healthy and Happy With Unala

For decades Indonesia was considered a pioneer in family planning and reproductive health. Large-scale initiatives funded by the government and supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) assisted women and families managing their health long before a worldwide movement was established in the 1990s.  Read

Statement of the UNFPA Executive Director for International Youth Day

Today, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, commemorates International Youth Day, under the theme, “Youth Civic Engagement,” by celebrating the actions young people around the world take to improve their well-being and that of their communities. Read

Engaging Youth in the Policy-Making Process

Policy-related discussions involving young people in Indonesia should always take into account the diversity of Indonesian youth, recommends a new study developed by UNFPA in collaboration with the Youth Studies Centre (YouSure) from the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences at the Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM).

Get Involved With Our #YouthAction Challenge for World Population Day 2015

With the theme for this year’s World Population Day on 11 July “Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies”, UNFPA Indonesia wants to showcase the voluntary efforts of young people in humanitarian settings.  Read

South-South Cooperation: Lessons from the Philippines on the Roles and Needs of Young People in a Disaster

Tagaytay, 12 December 2014 - Young people require special attention in times of disaster. In the aftermath of a natural or human-made emergency, young people are at greater risk of sexual and gender-based violence, early marriage and exposure to STIs and HIV. Read

Indonesian Youth Unite to Voice their Commitment to Peacebuilding

Jakarta, 21 November 2014 – According to the 2010 census there are 65 million young people in Indonesia who make up about 28 percent of the population. Read

First Global Forum on Youth Policies Adopts Baku Declaration

Baku, 28 October 2014 -“Raise your voices” was United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message to young people, delivered before a packed audience of youth Ministers, experts, activists and volunteers at the opening of the First Global Forum on Youth Policies in Azerbaijan. Read