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 has identified a higher rate of violence and abuse, including sexual violence, within the at-risk youth population in Palu.
Pamflet was established in 2012 by a group of young people to support Indonesian youth activists and capitalize on their resources and knowledge. It mostly works on mainstreaming gender in programs, sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), and ensuring youth participation in policy processes, and also focuses on research relevant to youth issues. Pamflet views young people as active agents who can generate meaningful change within society. It truly is youth-led; all staff are under the age of 30. Despite its relative young age, Pamflet is highly regarded, and has proven its capacity to take a place at the table. It has been asked to engage in consultations with UNFPA and the Ministry of National Development Planning on different (youth) strategies, and also consulted by agencies working on youth issues, such as UNICEF. Along with the Indonesian Family Planning Organization and the Center of Gender & Sexuality Studies of the University of Indonesia, Pamflet advocated for the inclusion of sex education in the national curriculum.
EMpower’s 3rd grant to Pamflet will build organizational capacities for fundraising with institutional and corporate donors as well as (corporate) foundations, so Pamflet can improve its financial viability to sustain its work with young people.
Primary Location: Jakarta
Funded Since: 2015
Our Underwriters pay for all of our administrative and fundraising costs, so 100% of your donation goes directly to empowering at-risk youth.