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Young Indonesian writers speak out on culture

© UNICEF 2009
2009 Winners chat with former president's daughter and rights activist, Zannuba Wahid.

JAKARTA, 30 June 2010 — Insights on gender equality and corruption as cultural phenomena won top prizes on Wednesday at the 7th Young Indonesian Writers’ Awards, announced today. The two winners emerged from a field of high quality entries, covering traditions in Papua, Dayak and Sasak communities as well as cosmopolitan trends in language and fashion.

The awards are organized by UNICEF and The Indonesian Child Welfare Foundation (YKAI) in partnership with The Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, CIMB Niaga Bank, Trans TV and TV Edukasi.

This year’s winners, both hailing from Jakarta, are:

  • Nita Oktaviya, a SMP1 junior school student, whose essay That flag does not fly here anymore recounts the hectic days prior to her older sister’s wedding. She begins to question perceptions on gender equality and why marriage is still widely regarded as “insurance” to guarantee the future of Indonesian women.
  •  Aditya Gilank Ramadhan, a SMA 78 high school student uses a fictional character to describe the process of “cultural conditioning” that leads to corruption. He concludes that when corruption becomes an integral part of one’s values it becomes easier to adopt this way of thinking or behaving in his essay Corruption – a cultural phenomenon.

Congratulating the winners, President of YKAI Professor Lily Rilanotono said “We encourage our media partners to give more space so children voices can be heard. Governments and civil society groups can work hand in hand to develop meaningful children’s participation in matters that affect their lives.”

UNICEF Representative in Indonesia Ms. Angela Kearney added “The voices of teenagers all over Indonesia ring clearly with their rich variety of ideas, their concerns and their hopes. UNICEF is extremely proud to have encouraged such an outlet for insights to cultural issues that are the starting point for permanent social change.”

The ceremony, the start of a series of events ahead of the upcoming Children’s Day celebrations on 23 July, was also attended by noted public figure Zannuba Yenny Wahid, Enjat Djaenuderat who is representing the Minister of Tourism and Culture and Wahyu Hartomo, representing of the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection.

More than 1,600 children from across Indonesia submitted entries on this year’s theme of culture in the eyes of children. Both winners received a certificate signed by Her Excellency Linda Amalia Sari, Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, and prizes from sponsors Bank CIMB Niaga and TV Edukasi.

© UNICEF 2009
Famous rapper Saykoji smiles after the symbolic launch of UNICEF KASKUS cooperation.

The winning entries, along with those of 18 other finalists, will be published in a special book. This year's finalists will join 2009 finalists The awards ceremony also provided the venue for the signing of new partnership between UNICEF and KASKUS, the largest online community in Indonesia. The collaboration acknowledges the importance of the rising cultural phenomenon of social media and will increase the focus on child rights through the KASKUS network. The signing event was witnessed by Igor (a.ka. Saykoji), the famous Indonesian songwriter and KASKUSER.

For further information call: Lely Djuhari +62 811802338 or Susan Siregar YKAI +62 818 660 654.





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Read  more about Nita Oktavia.

Find out more about Aditya Gilank Ramadhan.

Read the winning articles That flag does not fly here any more and Corruption - a cultural phenomenon in Indonesian.

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