We are committed to reaching out to our young population through multiple initiatives on uplifting their status of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.Qadeer BaigCountry representative Pakistan office
Rutgers WPF Pakistan is working in a challenging environment where sex and sexuality are taboo issues. Step by step we are however achieving good results in conservative regions, through showing the impact on child and maternal health. The office is in Islamabad.
In Pakistan we focus on young people. Almost two-thirds of the population of Pakistan are young people, half of which are between the ages of 10 to 24.
With sex a taboo, most young people lack appropriate and correct information and knowledge regarding their Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. Being in their adolescence it adds to their insecurity and increases psychological, physical, mental and emotional stress. Lack of information also leads to unwanted pregnancies and increases the risk of different STIs and HIV.
In Pakistan we are making a difference for young people by promoting life skills based education and youth friendly health services in our youth policies. Through advocacy and campaigns we provide information hoping to change the behaviour of young people, parents, teachers, journalists, politicians and other facets of society towards the needs of young people.
Young people are the future leaders of Indonesia and since 1/5 from total of Indonesia’s population consists of young people, we believe that involving them meaningfully will make a difference.Monique SoesmanCountry representative Indonesian office (ad-interim)
In the world’s largest Muslim country where the distribution of free condoms incites immediate protest, but four out of ten brides are under-age, better information on sexual and reproductive health and rights is a necessity. Rutgers WPF Indonesia does this through our office in Jakarta.
Cooperation is the key to small breakthroughs in Indonesia. With almost 290 million inhabitants spread over thousands of islands, it is essential to create alliances to work with people in sometimes hard to reach places.
Under the name of ‘Aliansi Satu Visi’ (One Vision Alliance), Rutgers WPF and partners, is trying to combat taboos relating to sexual rights and to encourage the government to implement policy that safeguards Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights.
The One Vision Alliance also supports young people by providing information about relationships and sexuality and offering help to victims of sexual violence.
Rutgers WPF worked in Vietnam for almost two decades until 2013. As Vietnam developed to a middle income country, the country was no longer eligible to be supported to improve sexual and reproductive health and rights.