COVID-19 pandemic forces Indonesian mothers to do it all

first_img“My son gets so much homework from his kindergarten, be it written tasks, arts and crafts or practical assignments. He must wait until I get home to finish the tasks […] Moreover, it must be well-documented in pictures or videos, which are supposed to be submitted daily to the teachers. Doing this straight after work, while pregnant, makes me feel like I want to pass out,” Niken told The Jakarta Post on Monday.Schools have been closed in Jakarta, the national epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, since March 16, well before PSBB measures went into effect on April 10. Since then, many other regions have followed suit.The Education and Culture Ministry issued a circular letter on March 24 calling for schools to provide distance learning activities for students while they stayed at home and announcing the cancellation of national exams.It remains unclear when schools will reopen. The government predicts the outbreak could reach its peak in the country by the end of May. Five months pregnant, 33-year-old Niken Fajarsari has to juggle work, domestic chores and teaching her son, as schools have been closed in Jakarta to curb the transmission of COVID-19.Despite Jakarta’s large-scale social distancing (PSBB) measures, Niken still has to commute to her job at a ministerial office in the heart of the capital city periodically, as her family is now relying solely on her income.Her husband resigned from his job at a financial technology company in February to start a toy store and a coffee shop, both of which have been badly affected by the outbreak. The couple will sometimes accept catering orders for extra money. The uncertainty has taken a toll on mothers in Indonesia, where women are expected to bear the responsibility of child-rearing on top of other domestic chores.A 2016 Asian Development Bank (ADB) economics working paper found that childcare responsibilities limited Indonesian women’s engagement in the compensated labor market. Women who had young children, the report said, were significantly less likely to work than their childless peers.Although women did appear to reenter the labor force as their children got older, they did so through family work or self-employment as there was little re-entry into wage-based work as the children aged, the report found.These have been among the reasons provided for women’s low – but slowly growing – participation in the country’s workforce, despite sustained economic growth since the 1980s.As of February 2019, the rate of women’s participation in the workforce was 55.5 percent, a slight increase from 55.44 percent in February 2018. The figure was a stark contrast to men’s labor force participation rate at 83.18 percent.Role reversal: Painted by Bernardus Prasodjo when he was an art student at Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in the 1970s, the family portrait depicting a mother, her son, and her daughter indulging in tea-time with an assortment of Khong Guan cookies has been appropriated as a comical Internet meme by the predominantly millennial Indonesian users of popular social networking sites in recent years. (JP/-)Niken said that prior to the outbreak, she had to take care of house chores while looking after her son on her own, without the help of a domestic worker, who are often employed by middle- and high-income households in Indonesia.Furthermore, there were growing expectations from Niken’s mother-in-law to follow in her footsteps as a working mom who had managed to handle everything by herself.It was only after her husband resigned that they started sharing the domestic work, although it was no easy task in the beginning. Fights could not be helped as both tried to adjust to the new normal, she said.”I’m afraid that my son won’t be able to study optimally. Sometimes, I can’t help but grumble in front of him because I’m tired from work. I sometimes feel guilty and sad because he is supposed to enjoy learning at home […] It’s important for mothers to stay sane,” Niken said, just before Kartini Day.Kartini Day, celebrated annually on April 21 to commemorate the birth of the eponymous national heroine Raden Ajeng Kartini, offers Indonesians the opportunity to appreciate and express their gratitude for the role of women, especially mothers.Hailed as a symbol of women’s empowerment in Indonesia, Kartini’s life demonstrates the idea that women’s empowerment cannot be separated from education and contributions to public life, goals that are still often sacrificed for motherhood and marriage in general.After leading a life enlightened by the promise of equal education opportunities for girls and women, Kartini was pushed into marriage and died giving birth.During times of crisis, women are often burdened with greater expectations to carry out domestic responsibilities, including tending to children and ill members of the family, said Lily Puspasari, a program management specialist at United Nations Women in Indonesia.With schools closed and disruptions at the workplace becoming the norm, including working from home, Lily said there was bound to be “more roles expected from women”.”Our data shows that women do domestic work four times more than men,” she told the Post on Monday.A recent UN Women report, titled The First 100 Days of the COVID-19 Outbreak in Asia and the Pacific: A Gender Lens, also highlights this impact on women, noting that across the region, “the unequal distribution of unpaid care and domestic work between women and men is a major barrier to gender equality and women’s empowerment.”The report also highlights how women were growing increasingly vulnerable economically, as they are found to be over-represented in sectors and jobs hardest hit by the COVID-19 outbreak – in manufacturing, textiles and garments, care services, hospitality and tourism – and in employment with the least protections, including in the informal domestic sector and self-employment.It also notes that women were at an increased risk of domestic violence during quarantine measures.Breadwinner: A woman in the village of Jerakah in Selo district, Boyolali, Central Java, works on a farm while carrying her child. Most women in the district get married when they are 15 years old. (JP/Ganug Nugroho Adi)Sari Saraswati, 31, a marketing executive who now works from home, said she found it challenging to balance work and teaching her children, a 6-year-old kindergartner and a 2-year-old who is learning to speak.She said that her conference call schedule was so intense that she could sometimes only spare an hour to help with school work or accompany her child in a Zoom meeting with teachers.”I share work with my husband but my husband can only help in the afternoon because he sometimes sleeps from morning to noon,” Sari told the Post.Working from home might be fun for some but it might be “work from hell” for others, as 44-year-old lecturer and mother of one, Aprilia Kartini Streit, often says jokingly.Aprilia, who teaches visual communication design at a private university in Jakarta, said there was much work to do at home and also virtually, as she had to be on standby for her students all day to assist them with their coursework. She also had to teach her daughter as she was being assigned lots of homework by the early childhood education center (PAUD) she attended.Despite being an experienced teacher, Aprilia said she was not prepared to teach young children.”My husband and I tried to share the work equally […] But at certain times, when she had to eat, take a nap or drink milk, I had to be the one in charge. So I had to teach an online class while putting her to sleep or excuse myself from my students to take her to the bathroom. I have to do it all at once,” Aprilia said.Topics :last_img read more

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Fitness camp for obese Negrense cops mulled

first_img“Every morning, he does walking fortwo to three kilometers. Since we started this, he has lost 12 kilograms,” thepolice official said. According to Baleros, they areplanning to implement a weight loss program for 45 to 60 days. The participantswill be housed at the provincial police headquarters in this city. “Big Boy” told reporters that whenBaleros first saw him, he weighed 158 kilograms, but he is now down to 146. Alias “Big Boy” dismissed the commentsof netizens that he was shamed by Baleros in uploading the video of him doingphysical exercises. Alias “Big Boy” said his weightballooned during the time he was doing office duties between September 2013 andApril 2014. He added that while these policeofficers are based at the Camp Alfredo Montelibano Sr., he will join them intheir daily morning walking exercise and ensure that they follow a certaindiet. Still, he said he will persevere withthe encouragement and support of his superior as he admitted having lacked thediscipline to maintain his ideal body weight. “They don’t know the whole story. PD(provincial director) also gave me advice during that time…He has goodintentions,” he added. BACOLOD City – Overweight policemen inNegros Occidental will be forced to work off their accumulated fats and bulgingwaistlines. Police Colonel Romeo Baleros, the province’s top cop, is set tolead an in-house fitness camp starting next week for overweight police officersto help them reach their ideal body mass index (BMI).center_img During the press conference, Balerospresented alias “Big Boy,”  an obesepolice officer he has been helping lose weight since November last year. “I asked the one in-charge of the BMIevaluation to identify all policemen who are obese. Our aim is to significantlytrim down their weight,” Baleros said on Tuesday. “Right now, my weight loss is stillnot significant, but I will push for it. It’s hard to go on a diet especiallywhen you’re used to eating a lot,” said the policeman, who is a good cook. On Feb. 29, Baleros uploaded on hispersonal Facebook page a video showing him coaching the policeman in doingsit-ups, push-ups and stationary jogs while inside his office. Baleros said that when he saw “BigBoy” on detachment duty about four months ago, he ordered him to be assigned atthe NOCPPO headquarters so he could closely monitor his progress in losingweight. Still, he needs to work harder toreach a BMI of 80 kilograms, which is ideal for males like him who are 5’11”tall. He said he tipped the scales at 80 kilograms when he was a police traineein 2011. Baleros said he is helping “Big Boy”to also encourage other obese policemen to become fit so they can do their jobwell. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

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Bears vs. Lions final score: Mitchell Trubisky leads late go-ahead drive, Bears topple Lions on Turkey Day

first_imgThe Bears overcame a late deficit — and the inconsistency of quarterback Mitchell Trubisky — en route to a 24-20 win in Detroit over the Lions.VIDEO: Bears-Lions game highlightsTrubisky had three touchdown passes on the day, including a late strike with just over two minutes left to David Montgomery that gave Chicago (6-6) the lead for good. Still, tt was a mixed-bag day for Trubisky, who head-scratchingly avoided a first down on a run late in the second quarter and threw a bad interception. He put up 338 yards on 29-of-38 passing.MORE: Blough reflects on ‘special’ NFL debutIt was a good showing for Lions rookie QB David Blough, who started in place of injured backup Jeff Driskel (starter Matthew Stafford was also out injured). Blough performed well in his NFL debut vs. a stout Bears defense, but it just wasn’t enough. Blough finished with 22-for-38 passing for 280 yards, two touchdowns and a game-ending interception as Detroit fell to 3-8-1.VIDEO: David Blough’s WOW throws from his first NFL startSporting News covered all things Thanksgiving between the Bears and Lions below.(All times Eastern.)Bears vs. Lions score for Thanksgiving 2019FINALBears: 24Lions: 20 Q1Q2Q3Q4FBears737724Lions1430320Bears vs. Lions updates, highlights3:56 p.m.: Eddie Jackson intercepts a David Blough pass and the Bears will beat the Lions in their second straight Thanksgiving meeting.Eddie Jackson seals the deal with a BIG-TIME PICK! 🚨That’s how you close out a Turkey Day victory! @BoJack39 #Bears100📺: #CHIvsDET on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/QeumWCLyaU pic.twitter.com/jVazuPiOiF— NFL (@NFL) November 28, 20193:55 p.m.: Roquan Smith with a huge third-down sack with 36 seconds left in the game.3:49 p.m.: David Blough is leading the Lions down the field and almost throws an interception. 59 seconds left in this one.3:37 p.m. CHICAGO SCORING PLAY: And the Bears have taken the lead on a Mitchell Trubisky TD pass to David Montgomery. Bears up 24-20 with 2:17 left in the game.The @ChicagoBears gobble up the lead! 🦃Mitchell Trubisky finds David Montgomery for the late fourth quarter TD. @Mtrubisky10 @MontgomerDavid #Bears100📺: #CHIvsDET on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/QeumWCLyaU pic.twitter.com/bBVIAL8pLv— NFL (@NFL) November 28, 20193:29 p.m.: Bears are driving with five minutes left in the game, and Trubisky connects with Anthony Miller to put Chicago into Lions territory.3:12 p.m. DETROIT SCORING PLAY: Matt Prater hits a 24-yard kick after a failed third-and-1 rush, and the Lions take the lead again. Detroit up 20-17 in the fourth.3:07 p.m.: The Lions are inside the red zone again. First-and-10 at the 14-yard line.3:03 p.m.: We head to the fourth quarter and the game is still tied at 17 apiece.2:53 p.m. CHICAGO SCORING PLAY: Trubisky connects with Jesse Horstead, who makes an acrobatic catch, for six points. Bears tie it up at 17.2:42 p.m.: Darius Slay picks off Mitchell Trubisky, who threw the ball behind Robinson. Bad throw, good play by Slay.2:32 p.m.: And we’re back. Lions get the ball at the 25 to start the half.2:10 p.m. END OF HALF:  Lions take a 17-7 lead into the locker room in a game that’s had its ups and downs. Lions get ball to start the second.2:06 p.m. CHICAGO SCORING PLAY: A pretty good drive by the bears and Trubisky and Piñeiro hits a 30-yarder to cut the deficit to 7. 22 seconds left in the half, Lions up 17-10.1:53 p.m. DETROIT SCORING PLAY: Prater puts the ball through the uprights for three more points. Lions up 17-7 in the second.1:46 p.m.: David Blough is letting it fly. He connects with Kenny Golladay on another deep shot on the outside. Lions threatening to score again.1:39 p.m.: Bears going for it on fourth-and-6 and they don’t convert. Detroit takes over. 1:30 p.m.: The ruling is reversed and it’s an incomplete pass instead. Refs missed a clear roughing the passer call on Trubisky.1:27 p.m.: Trubisky hits Anthony Miller for a short gain, but Miller can’t gather it. The ruling on the field is a catch and fumble, and we’re going to replay.1:20 p.m.: Lions punt the ball back away and pin the Bears inside their 10-yard line.1:17 p.m.:  Bears can’t seem to get anything going on offense, as they punt away once again.1:09 p.m.: On the ensuing kickoff, Matt Prater smokes a squib kick off of a Bears player, and the Lions recover. That’s something special. 1:05 p.m. DETROIT SCORING PLAY: Blough hits Marvin Jones Jr. for a short TD pass. Blough has 131 pass yards already on the game. Lions up 14-7.1:04 p.m.: Blough and Golladay have a pretty good connection early, converting on a third-and-9.1:01 p.m.: Lions are driving and just crossed the 50-yard line into Bears territory. 12:56 p.m.: Trubisky and the Bears follow up their first drive with a 3-and-out.12:49 p.m. DETROIT SCORING PLAY: Well, that didn’t take long. Blough hits Kenny Golladay for a 75-yard TD score to give Detroit six. Game is tied 7-7.David Blough’s first career NFL completion?Just a 75-yard TD to Kenny Golladay. 😱 @david_blough10 @kgxix #OnePride📺: #CHIvsDET on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/QeumWCLyaU pic.twitter.com/VeIt8eKtez— NFL (@NFL) November 28, 201912:43 p.m. CHICAGO SCORING PLAY: Mitchell Trubisky hits Allen Robinson on a quick strike for the touchdown. Bears up early 7-0.The @ChicagoBears eat first on Thanksgiving! 🍴 @Mtrubisky10 ➡️ @AllenRobinson for 6! #Bears100📺: #CHIvsDET on FOX📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports appWatch free on mobile: https://t.co/QeumWCLyaU pic.twitter.com/s7dfF6jL8o— NFL (@NFL) November 28, 201912:42 p.m.: Bears are at the 10-yard line after run from David Montgomery. It’s a happy Thanksgiving for Bears fans.MORE: Watch NFL games live with fuboTV (7-day free trial) 12:39 p.m.: Well, we re-kick, and Cordarrelle Patterson brings a ball about seven yards deep 57 yards to the 50. Good field position for the Bears.12:36 p.m.: And the Bears take the opening kickoff and there are two flags down already on the field. 12:23 p.m.: Good news: Jeff Driskel is active, but not starting. Whether that qualifies as good news is debatable.last_img read more

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