Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, IPB University Gather Experts to Discuss Gender-Based Community Resilience in the Pandemic Period

The COVID-19 pandemic caused changes in the family, one of them on gender issues. Roles between men and women shifted because activities centered at home. It urges the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Faculty of Human Ecology, IPB University, to hold a webinar activity about Gender and Family Resilience, (17/6).

The web seminar held includes collaboration with several government agencies, educational institutions, practitioners, and various Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). The activity invited experts from across institutions held through the zoom application and broadcast directly using YouTube with 453 participants.

In his remarks, Prof. Dr. Ujang Suwarman, Dean of the Faculty of Human Ecology of IPB University, said that the pandemic era teaches a lot of things. One of them, people must have strengths to handle adversity. The family became the first defense in the challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Society and family are the first defense in overcoming various problems, both in terms of economic, social, health and others. Each part must try and work together to strengthen the basis of social capital. Let's more strength in today's discussion, " said Prof. Ujang.

In her presentation, Ir Agustina Erni, MSc from the Ministry of Women's Empowerment and Child Protection (Kemenppa), revealed that many problems occur can resolve properly if a family approach is applied to overcome them including in dealing with COVID-19. The family is the most supported unit because it is most affected by the pandemic. According to her, family security is supporting national security.

Meanwhile, Bambang Sugeng from the Ministry of Social Affairs said that the pandemic problem is not only a health problem but also the economic and psychological. The government predicts an increase in poverty of two million by 2020. Besides, household income and economic growth will increase. It estimated that as many as 70.53 percents of people lose their income.

"Programs made by the government also depend on family units. Families received a big impact from a pandemic. Therefore, strengthening data and inter-ministerial intervention programs also support to overcome problems at the family level, such as gender issues, " added Dr. Bambang.

Dr. Agung Hendriadi from the Ministry of Agriculture revealed that women have the most role in the utilization of food and food security. Women are not inferior to men, contributing 30 percent in increasing agricultural production. Therefore the role of women in guaranteeing food during the pandemic maintained and enhanced.

Meanwhile, Dr. Tin Herawati, IPB University lecturer who is also the Chair of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, has denied that the key to family problems is strengthening the role of the family. As the first defense in a pandemic challenge, every family must have independence. Families have to respond to every problem with their unique methods. It requires cooperation from various parties so that the role of the family optimal against the pandemic. (IAAS/ASH)

Published Date : 17-Jun-2020

Resource Person : Dr Agung Hendriadi

Keyword : Family resilience, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences of IPB University, Family Resilience, Gender Issues in COVID-19, IPB lecturers