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COVID-19 kills as stigma harms families and society

On June 17, Kompas TV reported that hundreds of people had intercepted an ambulance and threatened to set it on fire and forcibly remove the remains of a person who had died after being exposed to COVID-19. It seems they thought they would suffer major problems if the body was buried under COVID-19 protocols. They […]

What the Pandemic Reveals About the Male Ego

Why are the rates of coronavirus deaths far lower in many female-led countries? By Nicholas Kristof Opinion Columnist President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan at a military base this spring amid the coronavirus pandemic.Credit…Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA, via Shutterstock   Are female leaders better at fighting a pandemic? I compiled death rates from the coronavirus for 21 countries around the […]

The personal price of lockdown

By NIKEN KUSUMAWARDHANI Indonesia must strengthen its anti-domestic-violence services during the coronavirus crisis   Widespread restriction of mobility has been required to deal with the spread of COVID-19, including stay at home orders, but not all homes are safe, Niken Kusumawardhani writes. The chance to be able to stay at home in safety during lockdown […]

Why Are Women (Still) Comfortable in Islam?

By Lies Marcoes (Researcher, Rumah KitaB) Please show where and how women are placed with dignity in the conceptual framework (epistemology) of Islam? This question resounded in my mind following the discussion of Dr. Zahra Ayubi’s book Gendered Morality: Classical Islamic Ethics of the Self, Family and Society, (Columbia University, July 2019). This is not […]


What does a child bride bring to a marriage — a dowry, social status, domestic labor, business connections? What is her value to two families, the one she leaves and the one she joins? And what is the cost to the girl?   By VOA News Somaya was 13 years old and finishing seventh grade in […]

COVID-19: Indonesian police deny higher crime rate solely due to release of prisoners to curb outbreak

JAKARTA: Indonesian housewife Lila Kusumah, 37, is worried about her family’s safety after several houses nearby were said to have been robbed this month. The security guards in her neighbourhood in South Tangerang, on the outskirts of Jakarta, claimed that about 10 people have been arrested. Residents were also told that the alleged perpetrators were among the […]

How coronavirus challenges Muslims’ faith and changes their lives

As the world faces the greatest disruption of our lifetimes, Muslims throughout the world are also grappling with the repercussions of the coronavirus pandemic. But the Islamic cultural, spiritual and theological dimensions offer Muslims myriad ways of coping. Adapting to new social norms Muslims have relatively large families and tend to maintain extended family relations. […]

NU Must be Present for Urban Working Class

“In the old days, as far as you could see the rice fields, that area was all ‘NU [Nahdlatul Ulama] territory’. But now, along with the shrinking rice fields, the only ones who study and worship in NU style are in the outlying areas, or those that are well established and want to preserve the […]