Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Religious Life, ISRL 2020, 2-5 November 2020, Bogor, Indonesia

Research Article

Women, Religion and COVID-19: Cohesive Agency, Resilience-Building and Inter-spatial Performance

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.2-11-2020.2305062,
        author={Leonard Chrysostomos Epafras and Ida Fitri Astuti},
        title={Women, Religion and COVID-19: Cohesive Agency, Resilience-Building and Inter-spatial Performance},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Religious Life, ISRL 2020, 2-5 November 2020, Bogor, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ISRL},
        year={2021},
        month={3},
        keywords={indonesian women religion and pandemic religious experience women experience covid-19},
        doi={10.4108/eai.2-11-2020.2305062}
    }
    
  • Leonard Chrysostomos Epafras
    Ida Fitri Astuti
    Year: 2021
    Women, Religion and COVID-19: Cohesive Agency, Resilience-Building and Inter-spatial Performance
    ISRL
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.2-11-2020.2305062
Leonard Chrysostomos Epafras1,*, Ida Fitri Astuti2
  • 1: Universitas Kristen Duta Wacana, Yogyakarta
  • 2: Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies, Yogyakarta
*Contact email: leonard_epafras@staff.ukdw.ac.id

Abstract

The present article is an outcome of four-month research, from May to August 2020 entitled Reshaping New Urban Living: Indonesian Women and Coronavirus. It focuses on women’s experiences during pandemic through four observations, i.e., on women’s workers, social-religious women’s activists, women in religious minority groups, and on women with disability. The insights drew from sixty-eight women of six religious’ preferences, including the adherents of ancestral religion in ten cities in Indonesia. Our research confirmed a cheerless circumstance of women, which in many cases is a prolongation of the pre-pandemic situation. Nevertheless, we testified different levels of women’s impressive performance such as in the emergence of domestic level religious authorities, cohesive familial relationship, and others. However, in large part there was inadequate deliberation of meaning making from the traditional religious authority upon women’s performance, in particular for women with disabilities.