Key Areas of Interest
Sexual and Reproductive Rights, HIV and AIDS, Adolescent and Youth participation, Advocacy, Youth-Adult partnerships, and Interfaith Approaches.
Handa has been involved in the SRHR movement since 2007. She has worked for the Ministry of Health, National AIDS Commission, UNICEF, UNESCO and other NGOs in Indonesia as a national consultant to develop their adolescent and youth programs. She has series of working experiences with marginalized communities such as street children, LGBTIQ communities, sex workers, children in conflict with the law, survivors of sexual and domestic violence, etc.
Prior to those experiences, she was also a National Coordinator for Aliansi Remaja Independen (Independent Young People Alliance), a national youth-lead organization focusing on advocacy in youth SRHR, education, and employment, and was part of the Youth Advisory Panel for UNFPA Indonesia. Currently, she enjoys working as a consultant because she appreciates her freedom and independence.
Outside of the youth movement, Handa has a keen interest in writing. She has published two collaborative books, 3some and 18+, on LGBT rights, HIV and AIDS, SRHR, and women in Indonesia. The books aimed to raise public awareness on sensitive issues for young people and eliminate stigma and discrimination. She also wrote about teen pregnancy through an interfaith paradigm in a collection of short stories published by UNFPA Indonesia in 2010.
Handa received her Master of Counselling degree from the University of Auckland, New Zealand.