The Media Fellowship Program of 2021 brought together 10 journalist fellows from national, local, and community-based media levels and provided in depth training on key SRHR themes. Despite communication barriers due to the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, participating fellows enthusiastically cultivated their interests in producing evidence-based reporting on reproductive health and gender-based violence prevention issues.
Through a series of workshops with experts, program practitioners, and young people, the media fellows gained wider exposure and a deeper understanding of SRHR and SGBV, which is reflected in the insightful content created.
Through the initiative, the media fellows have written and published numerous articles mostly regarding child marriage, teenage pregnancy, gender-based sexual violence, family planning and SRHR, violence against women and children, SOGIESC, and importance of comprehensive sexuality education.
Their reports worked to mobilise allies and raise the profile of SRHR issues in the Indonesian media. By publishing articles on different platforms, these stories reached local and national governments, as well as traditional, religious and community leaders; with messages calling for more transformative policies on SRHR.
The coverage boasted compelling stories on SRHR, supported by national and local data, diverse perspectives, and importantly, from health and development point of views. Topics like child marriage and teenage pregnancy, were discussed from modern and traditional perspectives with in-depth knowledge on the causes and its adverse impacts.
“We are really proud that their coverage has amplified the urgency to tackle these issues comprehensively and gained some fresh perspectives on how to cover SRHR and sexual and gender-based violence issues.”