By Sri Kusyuniati, Country Director, Indonesia An edited version of this article was first published in The Jakarta Post on September 16, 2020. In her 1949 book The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir states: “She [woman] is defined and differentiated with reference to man and not he with reference to her; she is the incidental,
The life of nearly every citizen in the world has been affected by COVID-19. Yet the long-term consequences of the pandemic will be felt most acutely by women and girls, especially those from countries where already challenging economic conditions are being compounded by poor health, disease and gender inequities.
Motherhood is a beautiful, yet complicated, and life-changing event that I experienced fifteen years ago when my daughter came into this world (albeit three weeks early). Sindhushree, who we lovingly call Sana, was born by a lower segment caesarean section. After only having gotten a fleeting glance at her without my glasses, my daughter was promptly shunted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit due to my gestational diabetes status. Despite requests from my family and myself, I was not allowed to breastfeed my baby within the first hour of birth. The next few days passed in a blur without any counselling. An inverted nipple on one side and a cracked one on the other made breastfeeding difficult and painful. However, and contrary to many opinions, things eased out over the next few days, and I am happy and proud that I continued breastfeeding for the following two years.
By: Irshad Danish, Regional Coordinator SUN Civil Society Asia, Nutrition International and Alison Farnham, Action for Development The COVID-19 pandemic is a health and human crisis that also threatens the food security and nutrition of millions of people around the world. Low- and lower-middle-income countries are most affected because before the pandemic they already had
In Indonesia, wheat flour fortification has come a long way, but the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to set back the progress that has been made − at a time when ensuring the health of the population is critical.