Introducing Rutgers Indonesia’s New Country Representative: RESTU PRATIWI

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Jakarta, 12 June 2023 — Rutgers Indonesia, is a prominent non-profit organization that promotes human sexuality and reproductive health is delighted to announce the appointment of Restu Pratiwi as the new Country Representative effective from 12 June 2023. This strategic leadership role is pivotal in strengthening Rutgers Indonesia’s commitment to excellence in supporting and facilitating comprehensive sexual education and prevention of sexual violence amongst young people.

Restu Pratiwi has over 20 years experience in various development fields, supporting initiatives funded by various international donor agencies in the fields of governance reform, community development, civil society, stakeholder mapping, and private sector partnerships in Indonesia. Restu is poised to bring valuable expertise to Rutgers Indonesia.

Previously served as deputy Chief of Party for the USAID MADANI-FHI 360 project and Director of Danamon Peduli Foundation. Restu, graduated from University of Hawaii with a Master’s degree in Sociology brings extensive experience in establishing partnerships and strategic collaboration with national and regional government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sectors.

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As Rutgers Indonesia’s New Country Representative, Restu will be responsible for overseeing Rutgers Indonesia’s programs and initiatives aimed at promoting comprehensive sexuality education, access to reproductive health, and addressing gender-based violence. She will work closely with local stakeholders, including government bodies, civil society organizations, and communities, to create sustainable solutions and advocate for positive changes as well as to expand Rutgers Indonesia’s presence in Indonesia.

Restu expressed her commitment to Rutgers Indonesia’s mission, stating, “I am honored and excited to join Rutgers Indonesia in its crucial work to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights as well as sexual and gender-based violence prevention. I believe that every individual deserves access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services, and we must work continuously to eliminate gender-based violence. Together with Rutgers Indonesia, I am confident that we can create a society where everyone’s rights are respected and protected.”

Amala Rahmah, former Country Representative of Rutgers Indonesia, expressed her enthusiasm about the appointment, saying, “We are thrilled to have Ms. Pratiwi joining Rutgers Indonesia as my replacement as Country Representative. Her expertise, leadership, and unwavering dedication to advancing these critical issues will undoubtedly have a profound impact. We look forward to the positive changes she will bring about through her work.”

Rutgers Indonesia remains committed to its mission of promoting SRHR and prevention of SGBV, and the appointment of Restu Pratiwi as the Country Representative is a significant step forward in this endeavor. By collaborating with government institutions, local partners and communities, Rutgers Indonesia strives to create a society that respects and upholds the human rights of all individuals.

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Yayasan Gemilang Sehat Indonesia (YGSI) is a non-profit organization that has been working in Indonesia since 1997 on the issue of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and the prevention of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV). We believe that human sexuality and reproductive health must be viewed positively, free from judgement and violence.

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