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Jakarta Post

Rising conservatism new challenge for family planning program

  • Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Surakarta   /   Thu, April 25, 2019   /  08:35 am
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Two children are enough: Two children pass in front of a family planning program campaign mural at Kampung KB in Pucang Sawit, Surakarta, Central Java, on Nov.14. (Antara/Maulana Surya)

“Being married brings peace to your heart. So, what are you waiting for?” said @gerakannikahmuda, an online movement that promotes marriage to young people, on Instagram, a message that received nearly 6,000 likes in just two days. The account itself is followed by over 400,000 users. Similar accounts encouraging young people to get married have also emerged, each gaining hundreds of thousands of followers. Among the popular accounts are @indonesiatanpapacaran (Indonesia without dating) with roughly 955,000 followers and @beraninikah (dare to get married) with over 100,000 followers. The promoters of the movement call on the young generation to avoid committing sins, mainly extramarital sex, by getting married while they are still young. The increasing popularity of the movement has raised concerns among promoters of family planning, including authorities, which cham...