Indonesia is a young country with approximately 1/3 of the total population ages 15-29. In 2013, the then Jakarta governor, now President, Joko Widodo issued a policy on Young People’s Sexual and Reproductive Health. Yet implementation has been weak with strong opposition and most schools still lack Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE). Service outlets for reproductive health for young people exist, but are not widely available outside of Jakarta, and are poorly utilized by youth due to lack of information. Indramayu, West Java is considered the place of origination of most sex workers in Jakarta and survivors of trafficking across Indonesia and abroad. According to UNAIDS, the HIV/AIDS epidemic is growing fast and few get diagnosed and treated because of social stigma. The highest concentration areas are in Jakarta, East and West Java, as well as Bali. HIV/AIDS mostly affects the population 15 to 24 years, but prevention programs generally have not yet reached at-risk youth, especially in highly vulnerable areas, such as Indramayu.
Pamflet was established in 2012 by a group of young people to support Indonesian youth activists and capitalize on their resources and knowledge. It focuses on research and study relevant to youth issues, and maintains a directory of ~120 youth organizations across Indonesia. Pamflet mostly works on mainstreaming gender in programs, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and ensuring youth participation in policy processes. Pamflet views young people as active agents who can generate meaningful change within society. All 7 full-time employees are under the age of 30. Despite the relative young age of the organization and of the staff, Pamflet is serious and highly regarded. In the past, Pamflet served as a youth consultant with UNFPA and the Ministry of National Development Planning to give input on different (youth) strategies, and has also been consulted by agencies working on youth issues, such as UNICEF.
EMpower’s 2nd grant to Pamflet aims to consolidate and expand youth access in schools to Comprehensive Sexuality Education though interactive classroom sessions, and in communities through partnerships with two youth organizations and two local radios in Indramayu and Palu. Youth are reached through youth leaders, their teachers, and the new partnerships with youth organizations. Additional youth and community members will be touched via radio shows designed by youth.
Primary Location: Jakarta
Funded Since: 2015
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