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Be the translator for mom

Spread the awareness about Covid-19 and change the behaviours of a community by educating...moms!

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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!

Did this resource motivate you to change your behaviors?

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Did you share this information with your network?

  • Yes

Where are you getting information around COVID-19?

  • Local Government
  • National Government
  • News: Television
  • News: Digital
  • Social Media
  • WHO (World Health Organization)
  • Word of Mouth

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Photo of Kathy Engle-Dulac

Hey there, Febriana Wisnuwardani and thank you for the tag, Ashley . Getting conversations started on platforms and featuring information that makes sense to the folks we're trying to talk to, conveying the messages that are most important in this time, is so crucial! Usually, my preferred method is to have lots of community meetings, but of course, that can't happen right now. It's fantastic that you identified a platform your mom is accustomed to (Whatsapp). Do you have the skills to put together some messaging with her to help her connections on that platform understand the ways they can keep themselves and their neighbors safe? She might be able to let you know about risk factors we aren't even thinking of, too, adding yet another layer of value to the communications you put together. I have been following several platforms of disabled folks in particular for wisdom on the assets they notice and the challenges they are facing during this public health concern, and finding that I had forgotten about a lot of the challenges they are faced with, like the broad-spread public failure to respect their bodily autonomy, and therefore failure to follow social distancing guidelines. So many of the disabled folks I know and get to learn from are noticeably disabled (use wheelchairs, canes, or walkers for mobility, utilize assistance animals like vision dogs, etc), and people *frequently* put their hands on them in a misguided effort to "help". Often, these same disabled folks have immune system problems that make them more at-risk for this virus, and the contact poses real danger to them. These are people who work in communications and medical or allied health careers, so they are essential and have to get to work, but even getting there puts them at greater risk than most others. With them and keeping their concerns in mind, I have been assembling lists of telecommunications, legal advocates, and reminders of the symptoms and process for getting help if they begin to show signs of COVID19. It doesn't feel like much, but hopefully it helps someone at some point. I hope that you and your mom are able to put together a communications campaign to help moms better understand the power they hold to stop this virus and keep us all safe! I also hope that you and your family weather this storm and come out the other side healthy, happy, and well.

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