Rebuilding ties with Islamic leaders needed for FP revitalization


JAKARTA, Indonesia, 27 March 2017: The active role of various elements of the society, including Islamic leaders has contributed meaningfully to Indonesia’s success in promoting family planning (FP) in the past, resulting in improved maternal and child health, better wellbeing and welfare of families and nation. Rebuilding ties with Islamic leaders is needed to revitalize FP.


UNFPA and the National Population and Family Planning Board (BKKN) provided support to Rumah KitaB, a foundation for Islamic research, to conduct a study on FP in Islam. The findings will be used for the development of FP advocacy, based on Islamic values, with active involvement of Islamic leaders throughout Indonesia. The study revealed opinions of prominent religious leaders in Indonesia, backed by Islamic teachings, stressing, among others, that:

– FP programme is very relevant today and need to be continued;

– FP is not a product of Western countries;

– FP does not alter/tamper with Allah’s creation; and

– FP is part of women’s right to have control over their bodies by allowing them to decide when to get pregnant and how many children to have.


“Hopefully, this study would assist in identifying strategies and evidence-based arguments to advocate about the importance of family planning, for the health of women and children and for a good quality of life for the family,” said UNFPA Representative Dr. Annette Sachs Robertson.


Head of BKKBN, Dr. Surya Chandra Surapaty, said that the country should not forget its past success as it proved that FP is essential for family resilience and contributes to building healthy and competent younger generation, which is necessary for national development.


For its past success in FP, Indonesia was awarded with the UN population award in 1989. However, recently, FP-related achievements, such as total fertility rate, unmet need and contraceptive prevalence rate have stagnated.


Population observers and activists have joined voices with BKKBN, calling on national and subnational government, civil society organizations, including Islamic leaders to renew commitment to FP and mobilize their active role for enhanced community engagement in FP.



Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls Visits Indonesia

Media Release

30 October 2017

Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Dr Sharman Stone has begun her first visit to Indonesia since taking up the post earlier this year.

In Jakarta Dr Stone will meet Minister for Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Professor Yohana Yembise, members of parliament, prominent Indonesian women business leaders, community groups and Australian alumni.

The discussions are expected to focus on health issues, support for migrant workers and empowering women in small business. During her time in Jakarta she will also visit a women’s cooperative in Tangerang which is supported by Australia through the Peduli program. The cooperative enables women to become involved in local government decision-making and assists them set up small businesses.

Dr Stone will also join ASEAN Ambassadors to discuss the role of women in enhancing regional security and prosperity.

On 1 November Dr Stone will travel to Makassar, South Sulawesi to meet with Islamic women leaders and regional government representatives.

In South Sulawesi Dr Stone will visit communities campaigning to end early and forced marriages for young girls through the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Justice’s programs. She will also meet women’s groups and local government partners working to promote women’s health services and legal recognition through identity documents – programs delivered through Empowering Indonesian Women for Poverty Reduction (MAMPU) and Governance for Growth (KOMPAK).

Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Grigson, said this week’s visit would be a valuable opportunity to discuss how Australia and Indonesia can continue to work together to help women and their families access key services and participate in the economy.

Australia works closely with the Government of Indonesia to promote women in leadership, women’s economic empowerment and ending violence against women.  Gender equality is central to economic and human development and a fundamental right. It helps to address the root causes of instability and conflict, drives economic growth, reduces poverty and builds resilience.