ARROW, on behalf of the Right Here Right Now (RHRN) Partnership, organised a national workshop in Indonesia from 01 – 03 June, 2016. This workshop brought together a total of 14 national and provincial youth-led and youth serving organisations in Indonesia to discuss issues related to young people’s sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Discussions at the workshop were focused on identifying pressing issues with regard to young people’ SRHR in Indonesia. The workshop lays the foundation for the in-country programme of the RHRN partnership.
It was a lively workshop with participatory approaches adopted to allow participants to discuss in smaller groups and plenary. ARROW led this workshop with RHRN member organisations. The participants were an enthusiastic group of people (mostly young) and were very active, engaged, and committed to the process.
Key outputs of the workshop included getting to know organisations in a more holistic manner and coming to a shared understanding on RHRN including the RHRN Theory of Change (ToC). The participants also used the workshop to clarify values on meaningful youth participation (MYP), safe abortion, sexual orientation gender identities, expressions and bodies (SOGIEB), comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) as well as advocacy and capacity strengthening. The workshop identified advocacy priorities and capacity needs on CSE, SOGIEB and access to SRH services in Indonesia. In addition, challenges and opportunities working in partnership and collaboration was also discussed.
Watch this space as these national workshops continue in the region including in Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan.
About RHRN: Asian Pacific Resource and Research Centre for Women (ARROW), CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality (CHOICE), dance4life, Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries (Hivos), The International Planned Parenthood Federation Africa Region (IPPFAR), Latin American and Caribbean Women’s Health Network (LACWHN) and the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs addresses the limited protection and respect and the hindered fulfilment of the Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights of young people in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean. The partnership strives for the protection, respect and fulfilment of young people’s SRHR, including girls, young women and young lesbians, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons (LGBTI). Specific attention is given to: freedom from stigma, discrimination and violence; access to comprehensive youth-friendly services; access to comprehensive information; and space for young people’s voices.