Rutgers WPF Indonesia in Brief

Rutgers WPF Indonesia believes that human sexuality and reproductive health must be viewed positively without judging and free from violence. Based on this belief, we still see a number of challenges in efforts to promote the health and rights for the Indonesians. This include our rights to feel comfortable with our body, to choose our partner and the number of children we want to have, to be free from violence, sexual harassment and sexual abuse or rape, as well as to determine our future. In implementing its programs, Rutgers WPF Indonesia works with partners and individuals who have a shared vision to contribute to the build Indonesia that is free from violence.  

Prior to the establishment of Rutgers WPF Indonesia, the organization has gone through a long history. Rutgers WPF is a merger of Rutgers Nisso and the World Population Foundation (WPF), two renowned organizations with quite extensive experience in promoting sexuality and reproductive health, as well as in eliminating violence. In Indonesia, Rutgers WPF began its program in 1997 under the name of World Population Foundation (WPF). WPF changed its name to Rutgers WPF following a merger with Rutgers Nisso in 2010, as both organizations share common goals, i.e.: to improve the quality of human life and eliminate violence. To ensure that the organization, whose name was later changed to Rutgers WPF Indonesia, continues to benefit people around the world and the people of Indonesia, Rutgers WPF Indonesia has continued to work in the country by sharing its expertise, ranging from comprehensive sexuality education, addressing issues of violence against women and children, providing access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services, as well as promoting diversity and tolerance.  

In addition to Indonesia, Rutgers WPF also works in other Asian countries such as Pakistan, in Europe, Africa and Latin America. As a result of the international conference on population and development in Cairo, Egypt in 1994, the Cairo Program of Action has inspired Rutgers WPF and serves as guideline through its course of works, i.e. to empower young people, women and marginalized people to become the subject of the development to be fully in charge of their own body.

Our vision is to create a conducive environment (with the supports from the government and international community) for the development of Indonesian people that are free from violence, and to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights that are equal and non-discriminative.

This vision is based on the following principles:

  1. Recognizing and respecting human rights.
  2. Promoting efforts in creating values of non-violence
  3. Positive attitude and open to sexuality and diversity
  4. Each program is based on data, sensitivity to cultural context, gender equality, race/ethnic, age, religion, and active participation of the target groups.

In order to achieve its vision, Rutgers WPF Indonesia has developed its mission or strategy, as follows:

Working to promote the human rights by eliminating violence and promoting sexual and reproductive health in collaboration with the government and its strategic partners by:

  • Promoting the principles of non-violence through education and access to services by integrating Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights and (SRHR) and Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) issues to raise awareness on the importance of SRHR and SGBV and their relevance to advance the quality of population.
  • Becoming an intermediary organization for the government and strategic partners in Indonesia.
  • Collaborating with relevant organizations and supporting various initiatives that share common goals and complementary to one another.
  • Mobilizing resources towards achieving a set of goals.
  • Providing primary care for women who are the victims of violence, the man involved in violence, young people, children, groups of people with special needs (including people with different ability (difabled), street children and juveniles), people of diverse sexuality and people living with HIV/AIDS.

In general, Rutgers WPF works by managing programs and projects, such as research, public education, campaign, governmental support, and service delivery. These activities pose some challenges and require highly dedicated people and we are fully aware that Rutgers WPF will not be able to achieve such various goals and activities without the support from people in general and other stakeholders, including the government and especially the marginalized groups of people who are the victims of violence.

As a non-profit organization, Rutgers WPF relies its strength on its dedicated staff, partners, community participation and support of funds from various institutions. These strong and innovative partnerships have proven to bring good results. Nonetheless, challenges in the community continue to grow and require us to innovate and adapt to the specific needs and the context in our work areas. For example, our program on sexuality education has demonstrated a significant change of knowledge and attitude among young people, as they can take more control of their own body and become aware of their health.

By adopting the principles of effectiveness and efficiency, Rutgers WPF spreads the skills, knowledge and spirit to individuals and organizations and collaborates in providing public education, campaign, research, and supports the government that will have positive impact on the people including children, youth, women and marginalized group. Therefore, Rutgers WPF implements its programs through capacity building activities, including training to strengthen the capacity of partners. These training include:  

  • Program cycle management
  • Designing the program
  • Management of planning, monitoring and evaluation
  • Knowing and understanding SRHR
  • Integrating SRHR into the program
  • Knowing and understanding gender
  • Knowing and understanding HIV/ AIDS
  • Knowing and understanding Gender-Based Violence
  • Management of programatic/organizational funds
  • Preparing and developing youth advocacy for SRHR
  • Sexuality education for teachers

Rutgers WPF Indonesia is highly optimistic that its work and the work of other stakeholders will bring positive results, i.e. improved dignity and quality of life of the Indonesian people whose rights for health services are met.