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Staying afloat: research discovers women’s unique views of COVID-19 in an Indonesian fishing village

By Wigke Capri, Staf Pengajar dan Peneliti , Universitas Gadjah Mada
Anastasia Imelda Cahyaningrum, Researcher, Universitas Gadjah Mada
Dias Prasongko, Researcher for Research Centre for Politics and Government (PolGov), Universitas Gadjah Mada
Krisanti Dinda, Researcher and Program Manager for APMA Global Campus of Human Rights (Indonesia Representative), Universitas Gadjah Mada
Naomi Francis, Research Fellow in WASH, gender and social inclusion, Monash University
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Indonesia is the epicentre of COVID-19 in Southeast Asia, recording more than 4 million cases with among the highest fatality rates in the world.

But for female residents in Tambak Lorok, a small Indonesian fishing village in Central Java where access to water and hygiene is difficult and open defecation is common, they have a bigger problem than the pandemic.

The pandemic may have changed their lives but their greatest challenge, they argue, is still the daily coastal flooding, locally called rob,…

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