Advocacy

Supporting Government of Indonesia’s Policies Along with Implementing Partners

Rutgers WPF Indonesia sees the government as the main actor that plays a key role in improving the sexual and reproductive health (SRH) of youth in Indonesia. The government can revise the regulations, change the scale of development priorities, cooperate with the government of other countries or with international organizations, and regulate the allocation of resources including experts and financial resources.

Therefore,  in addition to carry out the initiative and support for the programs implemented by its partners in increasing people’s knowledge on their sexuality and reproductive health, Rutgers WPF Indonesia also supports the government’s policy and program to improve sexuality and reproductive health of Indonesian people, particularly young generation.

The advocacy conducted by Rutgers WPF Indonesia will not be effective unless it is supported by accurate data indicating the urgency of the issue/problem. Some of the issues are the lack of knowledge on violence and high risk sexual behavior among young people, limited health services, particularly sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services for youth, limited budget for SRH counseling and services at the regional level, and many other issues. All of these issues are presented with the data on the amount of losses suffered by the people which is considered a threat to  improve the health status of the Indonesian people.

To strengthen its support to the government, Rutgers WPF Indonesia and its partners have actively participated in the creation of forums for adults, youth and journalists. Rutgers WPF Indonesia also facilitated the establishment of the One Vision Alliance, a coalition of organizations working in SRHR area and serves as a means to reinforce the message regarding urgentSRHR issues that need to be addressed. At the international level, Rutgers WPF Indonesia also takes an active part in calling for international bodies such as the United Nations to raise its state members’ awareness on SRHR issues in their respective country

Below are outcomes of the collaborative works between the government and our partner organizations at the provincial, district, sub-district and villages:

  • East Java – support from Jombang Regent for the implementation of MenCare+ program in collaboration with local government agency (SKPD) as outlined in  Policy on the involvement of men as an effort to reduce maternal mortality in Jombang
  • Yogyakarta – in 2014, the local government issued 3 (three) public policies to encourage the involvement of men to prevent  marriage, as declared in the Declaration of Villages in Gedangsari sub-district, Yogyakarta.  
  • A memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the prevention of  child marriage was signed between Rifka Annisa, Local Education Office and Religious Court Office of Gunung Kidul.
  • A policy on the creation of Network for Victims of Violence against Women and Children in Kulonprogo regency.
  • In Lampung – referral mechanism for individuals involved in gender-based violence has been set up, a collaborative work involving PKBI Lampung, PPA Unit of Lampung Regional Police, PPA Unit of Resort Police of Bandar Lampung, Damar (Institute for Women Advocacy), Legal Aid office of Bandar Lampung, UPT PKTK RSUAM, TeSA 129, P2TP2A LIP, , Puskesmas Sukaraja, Puskesmas Pinang Jaya.
  • Jakarta – The Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection (KPPPA) has given special attention to the implementation of the MenCare+ program, with the visit of staff of Women and Children Protection division to Gunung Kidul, an intervention area of the MenCare+ program in last December 2014. The purpose of their visit was to see how the regional government can integrate the program in their 2015 work plan. The visit was also part of the initiative for the draft policy on “Guideline for Men Involvement in Preventing Gender-Based Violence”

It is obvious that any effort to support the government’s performance is done as the representation of people to the authorized party, conducted voluntarily, as an expression of dedication to strive for better life quality of Indonesian people.