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Jakarta Post

Women, home and the unimaginable in pandemic

  • Lies Marcoes


Jakarta   /   Fri, October 9, 2020   /  08:52 am
Women, home and the unimaginable in pandemic Together we fight: A woman passes a mural dedicated to health workers on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19 on Jl. Raya Setu in Cipayung, East Jakarta, on Sept. 7. After seven months, the pandemic has continued unabated. (JP/P.J. Leo)

For seven months now, the microscopic coronavirus has forced us to stop outdoor activities, work activities or studying. Morning rush hour has been sorely missed by some of us and many can no longer socialize or meet clients. Suddenly, we have to adapt to these changes. Our lives now center on “home” and its “manager,” which is normatively associated with women. For those women who were already spending their days at home, working as homemakers, in these past seven months they have been forced to take on new jobs that were previously entrusted to others: to the state or semi-state institutions, the private sector, non-state entities, the community or the market. Now, without warning, they have had to take over all these roles with virtually no preparation, without skills. They have to create a sense of comfort in the home, which has suddenly become an off...

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