Setia - Indonesia
A SERIES OF INTERVIEWS WITH YOUNG PEOPLE FOR WORLD DEVELOPMENT INFORMATION DAY 2013
For World Development Information Day 2013, AVERT interviewed a selection of young people from around the globe, getting them to reflect on the HIV/AIDS development challenges in their country.
As supporters of AVERT’s Get Plugged In campaign, our interviewees are part of a network of well-informed young people, aged 18-25, that explore HIV and AIDS issues in our private Get Plugged In forum.
The UN theme for World Development Information Day, celebrated annually on October 24th, concentrates on: “Improving the dissemination of information and the mobilisation of public opinion, particularly among young people…”
Applying this theme to HIV and AIDS, we asked our Get Plugged In members how technology improves access to HIV/AIDS information and awareness of HIV/AIDS development challenges.
See all interviews below.
Setia works for the Fokus Muda - Indonesian Young Key Affected Population (YKAP) National Forum, in the Core Working Team. A national coalition for young gay, Waria (transgender women), people who use drugs, sex workers, and people living with HIV in Indonesia. Fokus Muda, as a youth-led organisation, works on programmatic and policy advocacy, as well as capacity building for YKAPs and adults.
For the last 25 years, the Indonesian HIV strategy had been addressed with the lack of YKAP's meaningful participation and involvement. We believe the leadership of young people should be the core value to respond to these challenges. But, to be in that ideal situation we also need the assistance and full support from adults as well. Fokus Muda aims not only to encourage YKAP's leadership, but also the partnership with adults within processes. This youth-adult partnership also gives an inclusiveness of HIV-young people related program to be integrated in every strategy. It will address the sustainability issues of young people's programmes.
The HIV stigma brings a resistance to this issue. We need to think outside of the box to package the HIV information. For example, the information about drug abuse is more accepted in most of the schools in Indonesia. So we use this entry point to deliver the comprehensive information about HIV. Thinking out of the box is also related with the media platforms- which one is more effective and efficient. The existing social media platforms could be the answer. It's free, accessible, and could be well segmented. The utilization of social media will also help to reach young people with self-issues like self-stigma. Self-stigma is the impact of internalizing stigma from society, and it commonly happens in young key affected populations. In some cases, social media gives more space and a safe zone for them.
If the question is which one is more effective, I would like to say that they all have to be integrated. In Indonesia, as the biggest islands country, it has issues of development of infrastructures, and the utilization of technology should be adapted into this situation. The new, online, and conventional media have to be integrated. But, for me the social media is still the best one for the limited resource.
The needs of at risk youth are not only limited to HIV information- we need to move beyond. The integration of sexuality, self-acceptance, life skill education are basic needs that should be responded to first. The core values of meaningful involvement in all stages should be there as well.
This piece forms part of a collection of inspiring and insightful interviews. 'Reflections on the Epidemic' , a series of interviews from young people for World Development Information Day 2013, tap into the opinions and perspectives of young people on HIV and AIDS from four regions across the globe.
All opinions expressed in 'Reflections on the Epidemic' do not necessarily represent those of AVERT.