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'Listen to the children': East Nusa Tenggara teenager speaks at UN forum

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana
    Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, July 23, 2019   /  12:44 pm
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Roslinda, a 14-year-old from East Nusa Tenggara, speaks at a panel discussion at the "Leave No Child Behind: Achieving the SDGs through investing in the rights of the child" at UNICEF House, New York City, on July 15.(UNICEF/Christine Nesbitt)

Roslinda, a 14-year-old middle school student from Kombapari village in East Sumba, East Nusa Tenggara, had never been outside the country until this month, when she went to New York City to attend the United Nations (UN) High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. After over 30 hours of travel from her home in East Nusa Tenggara, not including a 12-hour layover in South Korea, Oslin, as she is commonly called, arrived in New York and spoke at five sessions during the forum, including one where she spoke at a panel discussion involving National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) head Bambang Brodjonegoro and ministers from other countries. "I urge you to listen to the children's voice and involve children in discussions with government. Let us work together and play our roles to end violence against children," she said in her speech in English at the UN...