Indonesia Subjects Female Police Recruits to Virginity Tests

The humiliating, traumatizing tests are pointless and don't prove anything.

Women and Youth Point the Way Forward for Asia and Pacific

As more than 400 government and civil society representatives from 40 countries meet in Bangkok this week for the 6th Asian and Pacific Population Conference, women’s rights and youth activists are calling for strong government commitments to sexual and reproductive health and rights in…

Ninuk Widyantoro, Co-Founder of YKP Women’s Health Foundation

  • March 27, 2013

Ninuk Widyantoro was one of 11 people who founded the YKP Women’s Health Foundation in Indonesia in 2001. The founders established the organization to pursue legal protections for women’s reproductive rights and health, especially safe abortion, and to empower their communities to stand up for their rights. Prior to her involvement with YKP, Ninuk had…

On the Road to the Global Youth Forum

Starting today, the ICPD Global Youth Forum brings together nearly 1,000 young people, government leaders, advocates, academics, and others together to discuss and make recommendations regarding the most pressing issues facing young people. Nearly 50 percent of the world’s population is under 25 years old—the largest…

Sex in Indonesia: Education over Censorship, Please

Indonesian Technology Ministers are all worked up over “pornographic” materials available to citizens via their Blackberry devices, and threatened to ban Blackberry service unless the company  agreed to filter out the undesirable content. News reports today announced Blackberry’s compliance, and that sites like Playboy are now blocked from…

Off the rails: Why a ladies-only train isn't enough to stop sexual harassment in Indonesia

Having your heart in the right place when it comes to protecting and promoting women’s health and safety is important—but without your head in the right place, your actions won’t lead to much progress. I fear it’s this kind of disconnect between heart and head that’s behind today’s launch of women-only…

Mob attacks activists in Indonesia, police shut down conference promoting gay rights

Late last week our partner the Coalition for Sexual and Bodily Rights in Muslim Societies (CSBR), based in Turkey, collaborated on a statement speaking out against the March 23rd repression of the Asia Conference of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Association (ILGA). The event was to be held in Surabaya, Indonesia…

Gaining Better Access to Abortion in Indonesia

At the same time that the United States is embroiled in a political battle about whether abortion would be covered by health insurance under the Stupak Amendment, a little-known victory on abortion rights has been under-way in Indonesia that has the potential to change the lives of millions…

Another Modest Proposal

It is a melancholy subject to those who travel this world to discuss the rights of people living with HIV. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is now 50 years old, but I think it’s sorely in need of an addendum to clarify that…