Indonesia is a young country with approximately 1/3 of the total population ages 15-29. In 2013, 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 are diagnosed and treated because of social stigma. The highest concentration areas are in Jakarta, East, and West Java, as well as Bali. HIV/AIDS 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 relatively 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 4th grant to Pamflet will equip 45 young women and men in Indramayu with skills and knowledge on sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and will for the first time empower them with basic work readiness skills as well as skills to prevent violence, also at the workplace. In Palu, affected by the earthquake and tsunami from September 2018, the program will support 30 young women with trauma healing and violence prevention sessions and strive to build Safe Spaces at the school level. The young women will also participate in training on SRH and will reach out to their peers at the school level, supported by trained teachers.
Primary Location: Jakarta
Funded Since: 2015
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