SDG 16 - “end abuse, exploitation, trafficking and all forms of violence against and torture children”. It is a complicated problem which brings negative effect for my country. Child marriage, for example, is a kind of sexual abuse which makes a lot of the girls in my country end their education.
Putri's time at UNGA in 2015
Putri was at the launch of UNICEF’s #WeThePeople Media Youth Hub at the UN along with his fellow delegates. She met a whole host of top leaders from the UN and ended up meeting Ban ki Moon himself.
The big moment came at Global Citizen Festival when Putri took the stage at the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park in front of 60,000 people and asked everyone to not let any child be left behind. She was flanked by Queen Rania and Salma Hayek when she addressed the crowd.
Putri also met some senior leaders from her country - the Vice President as well as the Minister of Women Empowerment and Child Protection.
And finally, she along with other child delegates, spent some time talking to the Prime Minister of Norway, Erna Solberg
Putri's thoughts on SDGs
Putri speaks about why SDG 16 is most important for her and for the children in Indonesia.
I’ve been joining some activities supported by Bandung District Government, about youth generation who plan about their study, health and future, fighiting drugs, child marriage and sex trafficking. I also became a member of Child Forum in Bandung District, which is a space for me to express my thoughts and development ideas.
Did your experience in New York make you more aware of any particular important development issues and possible solutions that you weren’t aware of before?
I am more aware about the issues affecting children in my community like children trafficking, where they are subjected to sexual exploitation. Along with the community, I try to discuss and find the solutions about the problems which can then be presented to our government.
One year on, how do you think the Sustainable Development Goals have helped your country and community? Alternatively, if you don’t think they have helped, why do you think they haven’t made a difference?
The SDGs have really helped me open a new perspective about community development and what the government should do to make a better country for its citizen. I think, SDGs are very helpful guidelines to make a change because it allowed the society to actively participate.
How have you involved other children / youth or your community in your campaigning activities towards the Sustainable Development Goals since leaving New York?
I involved my friends who were excited to get involved to fight for child rights.
What is the one thing you want your government to do to make life better for the children in your country?
I want my government to raise the standard of minimum age marriage for women, which is 18.