In the ashes of Australia’s bushfires, town of Kangaroo Valley pulls together to rebuild

Katrina Endean spent the past 13 years working to build her catering business in Kangaroo Valley, a popular tourist town on Australia’s eastern coast. But in just one day, it all went up in flames.

Calls for mandatory infection controls in body art industry

For many, body modification is seen as a work of art. From piercing and tattoos to the more extreme methods of subdermal implants and tongue splitting, the industry has grown. But following a… Continue reading

Could Orkambi lead the way for better cystic fibrosis treatments?

Australia recently became the eighth country to approve and provide a drug that can extend the lives of those living with certain types of cystic fibrosis. The drug Orkambi once cost 250-thousand-dollars a… Continue reading

Should IVF clinics publish their success rates?

For many women, in vitro fertilisation is often the last chance they have for a baby. It’s an expensive treatment and it’s not unusual for patients to undergo multiple rounds of IVF before… Continue reading

Lombok hit with another earthquake

Another earthquake has hit the Indonesian island of Lombok, even as rescue workers continue the search for people buried in rubble after the powerful quake that hit the island last Sunday. Officials say… Continue reading

How can we reduce the risk of dog attacks?

A toddler has died after being attacked by her family dog at a property in Victoria’s east. The 14-month-old was bitten on the face by a German wirehaired pointer, with some expressing surprise,… Continue reading

Youth homelessness still a growing problem in Australia

More than 100 thousand Australians are waking to another day of homelessness. Mission Australia says many of them are young – aged just 15 to 19. Its latest research found that one in… Continue reading

Why isn’t the NDIS getting young people out of nursing homes?

When Michelle Newland was 19 she never thought she would be living in a nursing home. The aspiring primary school teacher had just completed her first year of university when she had a… Continue reading

How can we help people break out of the cycle of homelessness?

Until about five years ago, the numbers of people without a home in Australia were fairly stable and then they started getting worse. In the last couple of years, experts have been warning… Continue reading

Why victims aren’t coming forward about forced marriages

Since forced marriage was criminalised in March 2013, over 230 cases have been referred to the AFP, but advocates say this number does not reflect the real number at risk. They are calling… Continue reading

Uncovering the Bigger Picture of Violence Against Women in Indonesia

  Ruth* was in her 30s when her husband first started physically and sexually assaulting her. As the domestic abuse continued over the years, the mother-of-two tried but failed to get help.  She… Continue reading

Youth Leader Calls for Better Access to Family Planning Services

When Anggraini Sariastuti was 17 years old, she received her first marriage proposal.   It wasn’t from her boyfriend – who seven years later is now her husband – but it was from his… Continue reading

Protecting the Health Rights of Women and Girls in Emergencies

Lismiyatun was 35 weeks pregnant with her third child when Central Java’s Mount Merapi erupted in late October 2010. Living just six kilometres from the crater, a 27-year-old Lismiyatun and her family had… Continue reading

Messages of Hope at the 7th Eastern Indonesia Forum Festival

  Visitors to UNFPA in Indonesia’s booth at the 7th Eastern Indonesia Forum Festival in Makassar from November 17-18, shared their hopes and aspirations for the country’s future youth generation. Take a look… Continue reading

Youth Decide, Unala Provide

Learning the basics of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) from a Hollywood film might not seem like the most conventional way to access facts about your body, but for some young Indonesians, this… Continue reading

Sahabat Anak Jamboree 2015

Sahabat Anak hosted its annual Jamboree for 600 marginalized children, with the theme of ‘I love my family’ on August 29-30 2015. Held at Buper Ragunan, Jakarta Selatan, the fun weekend was hosted… Continue reading

What Do Young People in Indonesia Want?

To commemorate International Youth Day 2015, UNFPA Indonesia asked a handful of youth about the issues that matter to them most. Take a look at the video I filmed, produced and edited, which… Continue reading

Protecting the Most Vulnerable, Ensuring Reproductive Health Needs Are Not Neglected

  “How far along are you?” a midwife asks a pregnant woman, making a hand gesture over her stomach. Without saying anything, the expectant mother puts up one hand. “Five months,” repeats the… Continue reading

From Tsunami Victim to Midwife Hero

The morning of 26 December, 2004, started out like any other regular Sunday for Nur Asiah. The mother-of-two was up early completing her chores, washing clothes in the outside bathroom of her parent-in-law’s… Continue reading

Indonesia Still a Long Way from Closing the Wealth Gap

Every afternoon, Wahyu sets up his wooden food cart by the side of a busy road in Central Jakarta to sell sweet buns, known as ‘bakpao’, to people passing by. In a good… Continue reading

Harnessing Indonesia’s Demographic Dividend

Take a look at a video recap I edited and reported on from UNFPA Indonesia’s event on the country’s demographic dividend in April. The event was opened by Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla… Continue reading

Indonesian President Unyielding on Death Penalty

When Indonesia’s law and human rights minister visited one of the country’s prisons in December last year, he met a Nigerian convict on death row for drug trafficking, who performed songs for him… Continue reading

Past, Present and Future

In honour of our fifth birthday, we took a dip into our archives to talk to three influential Indonesians who have previously graced The Peak – Anies Baswedan, Tigor Siahaan and Irwan Danny… Continue reading

Life at Sea

As superyachts slowly become a must-have item for Indonesia’s elite the question remains whether the country’s industry is up to the task. Yachting off to an exotic location for a relaxing, and of… Continue reading

Jokowi’s Army of Volunteers Not Letting Go of Their Cause

He attracted dedicated volunteers from across the country during his campaign, and now President-elect Joko Widodo is calling on his band of supporters to act as a watchdog once his policies roll out.

Down Under, Joko Hailed as New President

As Indonesians anxiously await official results of the presidential vote, to be released on July 22, Indonesian citizens in Australia were celebrating an early victory and welcoming the prospect of a stronger partnership… Continue reading

A Nation Votes

It was a historic day for Indonesia on Wednesday, July 9, as the country went to the polls to decide who would lead the world’s fourth-most populous nation — the country’s third direct… Continue reading

Indonesian Youth Vote for Their Future

In an election that’s expected in many ways to be largely defined by the younger population, Indonesia’s youth headed to the polls this morning to vote for their future. Thirty percent of the… Continue reading

Capturing a Hidden Talent

When he’s not managing properties, Hartono Hosea is unintentionally making a name for himself behind the lens. Type in Hartono Hosea’s name in a search engine online and it’s not his executive positions… Continue reading

Indonesia’s Presidential Hopefuls Face Up to Deforestation

As the world’s third-largest democracy heads to the polls next week to elect a new president, environmental activists remain sceptical of the candidates’ commitment to tackle climate change. Over four televised debates, Indonesia’s… Continue reading