I am passionate about
Political 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 stake.
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 engagements.
For 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 comprehensive perspective.
Thus on 2015, I co-initiated Youth Movement for FCTC with the help of Lentera Anak Foundation.
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 Indonesia.
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.