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Jakarta Post

Get up & speak out: Young people give voice to youth SRHR rights

  • Rita Widiadana and Maria Hartiningsih

    Denpasar and Surabaya

Denpasar and Surabaya   /   Wed, October 21 2020   /  01:00 am
Youth voice: Ni Putu Eka Purni, Youth Ambassador of Get Up Speak Out (GUSO) program, encourages youth to vent their voices, to stand up to injustice and inequality. She speaks at the International Conference on Indonesian Family Planning in Yogyakarta in 2019.(Aliansi Satu Visi/-)

Ni Luh Eka Purni Astiti was once a shy girl. “I used to feel inferior when working with adults because of my lack of knowledge and experience,” recalled Eka, a public health graduate of Udayana University in Bali. Today, Eka is a woman and very different from her younger self. She is now an eloquent youth activist, working on the front lines of youth sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) advocacy in Indonesia through the “Get Up, Speak Out for Youth Rights!” (GUSO) program. “I gained my self-confidence when I joined the Get Up, Speak Out program and was appointed the youth country coordinator of the GUSO program in 2018,” she said. Komang Sutrisna, chair of Aliansi Satu Visi (One Vision Alliance; ASV), a vast network of 20 civil society organizations in Indonesia, said the majority of adolescents in the country still ha...