It was in 2016 when Inspire was made aware of the huge problem of gender (in)equality in Indonesia. The UN conducted research on rape in Asia and found the rate as high as 32% in Indonesia.
That’s why in 2017 we launched to the Pledge United program and in 2018 we ran coaching clinic festivals simultaneously in 10 cities within Indonesia: Medan, Jakarta, Bandung, Bogor, Cirebon, Semarang, Surabaya, Bali, Sumba and Wamena, with more than 800 young men (targeted 1,000) participated and pledged to respect women.
Pledge United is an experiential program that uses football to raise the awareness of teenage boys about the problem of sexism in Indonesia. The first four topics will discuss about women’s rights, what makes someone a real man, how to deal with anger and hurt in the past, and also educate boys about treating women with respect. The second part of the program is where we teach boys how to become leaders and encourage them to stand up and share about women’s rights in their schools, communities and their families. We are very confident in this program and believe it can have a significant impact on a better Indonesia.