- Age: 19
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Facilitating youth engagement is a crucial step towards sustainable change, as youths can fundamentally shape the future. Don't be the voice for the voiceless — that is complicity in the voicelessness. Be a platform, a spotlight, and a partner. Let's work hand in hand to change the world for the better!
- Faye Simanjuntak
Faye Simanjuntak was born and raised in Indonesia. She will be attending Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Fall 2020. As Founder of Rumah Faye, Faye is responsible for drafting proposals for prevention programs and legal advocacy for/against policies affecting vulnerable groups, overseeing safe house operations in Batam, Kepulauan Riau for survivors, and writing and delivering speeches.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
A friend told me that a family member was molesting her. She hadn't known what to do until our peer-to-peer discussion groups. That's when I realized the role youths had in facilitating change. How she's grown since is what drives me to keep fighting.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
Operating a full-time safe house in Batam, Kepulauan Riau for survivors of trafficking, providing services such as legal aid, health facilities, and financial assistance. We've successfully rehabilitated 90 girls and taken care of five babies from November 2016 to February 2020.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
Reading, scuba diving, photography, writing, and hanging out with friends.
- Bahasa Indonesia (Advanced/Native)
- English (Advanced/Native)
- Indonesian Sign Language (Elementary)