Youth Participation and A New Generation Political Party in Indonesian Politics
INDONESIA STUDIES PROGRAMME WEBINAR
About the Webinar
Young voters will arguably determine the outcomes of the 2024 General Election in Indonesia. A significant proportion of Generation Z (born between 1997-2012) will come of age and have the right to vote in this upcoming election. Meanwhile, the millennial generation (born between 1981-1996) will form the majority of the electorate. Culturally, these two cohorts are very different from the older generation, with both Gen Z and millennials growing up in the digital age and having very different experiences compared to the older generation. This digital difference has pushed forth new interests and concerns, with many placing more concerns on the environmental crises, digital economies, and privacy. In addition, the post-COVID-19 dynamics have also affected their political preferences, possibly shaping a new political environment in the upcoming elections. This has not gone unnoticed by current political parties who are well aware of the importance of these young electorates. However, the establishment has never been the political preference of the young people. In fact, these young electorates tend to look out for new and young parties as their channel for political aspirations, potentially driving new faces as well as new political directions in the upcoming 2024 General Elections.
This webinar will examine how young people channel their political aspirations and what kind of political leaders they look out for in this upcoming election. The discussion would look at the new strategies of these new political parties in attracting young electorates in the upcoming elections and how best these young political parties can improve their winning odds in the upcoming elections, given that they will be competing with long-established political parties in Indonesia.
About the Speakers
Tsamara Amany Alatas is a member of the Executive Board of the Indonesian Solidarity Party (PSI). She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Science at Paramadina University and is currently working towards her master’s degree in Public Policy & Media studies at New York University. As a promising young politician, Ms Alatas has been involved in many aspects of Indonesian politics, having worked beside President Joko Widodo during his presidential elections in 2019. She also founded the Political Women organisation and is active in advocating youth politics through her research and publications.
Kristina Viri is a member of the National Presidium for the Indonesian Green Party (PHI). She is currently studying at Gadjah Mada University, focusing on Constitutional Law. Viri previously worked with Satunama, HIVOS, YAPPIKA, and the Interseksi Foundation for their research and campaign strategy. She is also in a steering committee for the Asian Youth Academy and a member of the Coalition of Freedom of Association. Viri joined an internship programme with The Greens South Australia in 2018. She has published multiple research topics focusing on women’s movements, mass organisation law, politics, and indigenous religions.
Aisah Putri Budiatri is a researcher in the Center for Political Research, Indonesia’s National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN). She graduated with a master’s degree in political science from the State University of New York at Albany and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies at Kyoto University. Prior to her current position at BRIN, Ms Budiatri worked with the Research Development Media Group Metro TV and Women Research Institute. Her key research interest focuses mainly on Indonesian democracy, looking at political parties, elections, parliamentary works, civil society, the Papuan conflict, and on gender issues.
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