Thank you, President.
The Federation makes this statement on behalf of Sa Perempuan Papua and the Sexual Rights Initiative. We welcome the recommendations made to the Indonesian government on advancing the rights of women and girls in Indonesia - particularly their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Indonesia must adopt evidence-based policies to ensure that adolescents and young people have adequate access to sexual and reproductive health information and services. Adolescents and young people, particularly in the eastern part of Indonesia, still lack the information they need to help them to exercise their agency, and to make more informed decisions for their bodies and lives.
We encourage the government to provide comprehensive sexuality education, both in and out of school. This will equip Indonesian adolescents and youths with life saving SRH information that empowers them with knowledge about their bodies, rights, and lives. Further, Indonesia must raise awareness about, and provide services to address, gender-based violence (GBV) in the country.
As a representative of youth-led organisations in Indonesia, we call upon the Government of Indonesia to:
- Promote youth-centred and evidence-based policymaking.
- Provide confidential youth-friendly SRH services, including services for youths who are survivors of GBV.
- Ensure that SRH information and services are available, accessible to all youth including the most marginalised, of good quality and acceptable, including by making information and services available in native languages.
- Ensure the meaningful participation of the youth in all decision-making processes related to their sexual and reproductive health, including by allocating funding for indigenous youths and youths with disabilities to facilitate their participation.