Kartika Anggita, a Young Voices member from Indonesia, has been selected to take part in the Duskin Leadership training program in Tokyo Japan. The program is designed for young people with disabilities living in Asia and the Pacific who have the potential to become leaders in their communities and work for people with disabilities. Over a one year period, Kartika will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities including meeting with disabled leaders and activists, learning about welfare policies and services for people with disabilities in Japan and receiving training on skills such as delivering presentations and report writing.
Another Young Voices member from Indonesia, Annisa Rahmania, has been chosen to take part in DanceAbility training funded by the US Embassy in April – May 2013. DanceAbility is a unique dance method that uses improvisational dance to promote artistic expression and exploration between people with and without disabilities.
Young Voices Indonesia organised a workshop in Jakarta on the 26th January on ‘Participation of young people with disabilities and the role of government in policies & UNCRPD implementation in Indonesia.’ The workshop was very successful and was attended by representatives of the Indonesian Ministry of Social Affairs; the Ministry of Education; the EU Delegation; the Association of Indonesia Enterpreneur (APINDO); the students association of University of Indonesia, Atmajaya University and State University of Jakarta; disabled people’s organisations, other local and international organisations and the media.
The musical talents of Reza Yuda Pradita, a Young Voices campaigner from Indonesia, burst onto the Internet this week through his music video ‘Single Parent’. Featuring an original song and a live performance, the video was created at a music training workshop in Malaysia with award winning music producer Robin Millar and his team. Along with talented Young Voices members from the Philippines, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, Reza learned to produce his own songs to use as campaigning tools. Their songs will be released on iTunes and Amazon thanks to a partnership with Believe Digital’s Zimbalam label.
The launch of our newest Young Voices country, Indonesia, attracted support from the European Union (the project’s funder) and the national media. Representatives from both sectors attended the launch, which was then featured in the national news throughout the weekend. Members scored a campaign victory already – Indonesia’s minister for social welfare gave his full support to the Young Voices campaign to implement the UNCRPD in their country.
Read the Indonesia press coverage here.
The European Union has awarded €137,000 (£114,500) in funding to start the Young Voices project in Indonesia. This makes Indonesia the project’s 22nd country and work will begin with groups in an urban area of the nation’s capital, Jakarta, a rural area of Jakarta and the city of Banda Aceh on 15 February 2012.