To obtain firsthand insights, the group journeyed through Jakarta and Jombang, a regency in East Java known for its strong Islamic presence. Here, they engaged with those involved: government and district officials, academics, religious leaders, teachers from religious, public and special-needs schools, as well as civil society organisations, including young people and women-led groups.
Regarding the co-creation and enthusiasm for SRHR education, Hastin Asih, the country coordinator of Rutgers Indonesia, shared, “In Indonesia, the collaboration with local leaders and officials didn’t happen overnight. Eight years ago we started evaluating norms and values and the realities of young people in the region. Secondly we approached policymakers to support them. If they, for example, sought ways to reduce rates of gender-based violence, we understood that comprehensive SRHR education could be instrumental in achieving this goal.”