Superadmin, 10 Jul 2023

Indonesian Teenager Advocates for Children's Rights at UN Meeting

Vidi, a 15-year-old girl from a village in the Kupang Regency, East Nusa Tenggara, delivered a speech at the breakfast meeting of the Group of Friends on Children and the SDGs, held at the UNICEF House in New York, USA on Wednesday (29/3) at 08:30 local time.

In her speech, Vidi emphasized that every child in the world has the right to nutritious food, exclusive breastfeeding, and quality care. "We know that we are children who are being prepared to be part of development. Providing nutritious food, exclusive breastfeeding, and quality care will ensure our growth as a generation ready to face the future," Vidi said.



Vidi is a young person supported by ChildFund International in Indonesia and its partner, the Cita Madani Foundation. As a high school student, she is actively involved in the student council at her school. She is also a facilitator in the Voice Now! Beringin Group in her village. 

Youth Voice Now! is a program created by ChildFund International in Indonesia to gather responses, ideas, and solutions from young people in responding to the challenges faced by children and adolescents, particularly in their own environment.

Participants of Youth Voice Now! are facilitated to develop plans that are youth-centered and implement them as community-based activities. In December 2022, ChildFund Alliance, a network of 11 child-focused development agencies with ChildFund International as a member, selected Vidi as a member of the Children's Advisory Board. Her role is to accompany the organization in developing and implementing WEB Safe & Wise, a campaign for the protection of children and adolescents in the cyber realm.

Participants of the Group of Friends on Children and the SDGs meeting on Wednesday (29/3) discussed the agenda of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of UN member states in relation to the growth and development of children. In addition to Vidi, other important speakers at this meeting were Egriselda Aracely González López, the Ambassador of El Salvador to the UN, and Dr. Najat Maalla M’jid, the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Violence Against Children.

(Written by Aisyah - Translated by Hikmah)


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