I am passionate aboutPolitical economy and youth participation in development.
Specifically speaking, I have been actively engaged in tobacco control
campaign and advocacy which intertwined both political economic perspective
in health, and youth participation in advancing tobacco control policies.
I have found risky behaviors, particularly smoking to be worrisome.
Especially in my country Indonesia, where 668 people die every day because of
cigarettes. Smoking has been a growing epidemic in Indonesia. Young smokers
aged 10-14 years continue to increase, up to 12-fold for the past 2 decades.
If the status-quo stays as it is, Indonesia’s future generation will be at
All of these phenomenon are the result of massive tobacco advertisements,
promotion, and sponsorships that targets Indonesian youth as young smokers. I
myself have lost my Grandfather because of his addiction to cigarettes. It
was heartbreaking, yet empowered me to take actions against cigarettes.
My loss and my great concern for the future of my country has brought me
great passion to advocate for tobacco control amongst youth, just as I have
been actively doing since 2015.
On the other hand, I have also initiated Emancipate Indonesia, a youth
organization that focuses on combating modern slavery through youth-based
ActionsFor the past few years, I have been involved in advocating tobacco control
with youth across Indonesia. Along with Youth Movement for FCTC and Lentera
Anak Foundation, I tried to conduct tobacco control advocacy through
meaningful youth participation, and seeing the issue from a more
Thus on 2015, I co-initiated Youth Movement for FCTC with the help of Lentera
The movement was intended to support our president to sign Framework
Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) and enforce any tobacco control measures
to protect our young generation from cigarettes.
More than promoting smoking as a risky behavior, we meaningfully participate
as youth to target stakeholders like government institutions to enforce
tobacco control measures (tobacco ads ban, smoke-free zones, increasing
cigarette excise tax).
We have met with Presidential Staff, Ministers, Mayors, and other local
leaders to give them our monitoring results (by Children Forum in 10 cities),
petitions (around 40.000), letters (11.023-many of them handwritten), and did
countless street rallies. Our network is currently consisted of 60 youths
from 45 cities, with each of them representing thousands of youths across
I myself has been involved in training these youth advocates, and acted as
the movement’s facilitator and Spokesperson to speak in various national
media and conferences since 2015. It has been the greatest honor for me to
fight Big Tobacco alongside these wonderful youths.