I, mainly, see the news and updates about Covid-19 on social media (twitter and instagram) and online news platform. Amidst the wave of information about Covid-19, it might be easy for us to get access to reliable information and filter fake news, but sometimes, it is not that easy for mothers.
Some mothers do not have good access to information, for example the ones who do not use digital devices very well. Some mothers have access to information but do not simply understand or maybe, even worse, very likely to be affected by fake and unnecessary news. So, it is our job to help and guide them to access reliable information.
In my case, I found it a bit hard to make my mom aware about the danger of Covid-19. Even though my mom is exposed to social media where many people promoting Covid-19 preventions such as 'social distancing', 'self-quarantine', 'self-isolation', and so on, but those terms do not resonate to her. We don't live in an English-speaking country. Moreover, besides Indonesian language, we have hundreds of different languages across the country. Many of the terms related to Covid-19 preventions are promoted in English. But one day, my mom told a joke she saw on her Whatsapp group. She said, "It's so funny, my friend said because of corona we should 'ngajedog di imah' (stay at home)". My mom speaks Indonesian language and Sundanese language, and that term of 'ngajedog di imah' is Sundanese.
After that moment I saw improvements. My mom said "If it's not necessary, let's not go outside". Then, one day she said "I bought herbal drinks from our neighbour, she said it is good to increase immunity". That moment I realised my problem is that I don't speak in her language. When my mom gained access to the information she can understand, there are some significant changes I saw at my home (ps: mom is always the ruler and we all know that ;)). So, I guess it is our duty to translate useful information to her by using familiar languages. Not only translating the language but also prevent her to believe fake news. Then, we might also see how the awareness spread to the family, the neighbourhood, and the local community :)
Empower a woman then you can empower a community!