Here are 10 critical challenges faced by those who deal with women in Papua New Guinea.
The EntrepreneurLink did an exclusive interview with Ruby Matane, an award-winning woman advocate in Papua New Guinea. These are the 10 critical challenges she pointed out.
- Irrational Beliefs
“Women don’t see the need for change. When their minds are blocked with irrational beliefs eg. False love, false self-confidence, self-control, peace and goodness, freedom” Ruby says. She argues that irrational beliefs become blockages to change.
“When women get stuck in believing that the values they have overrides others value” Ruby says. “Your values are the things that you believe are important in the way you live and work. They (should) determine your priorities, and, deep down, they’re probably the measures you use to tell if your life is turning out the way you want it” she adds.
- Acceptance Women with unresolved issues are quick to judge and criticize others. Rather than accepting people who have limitations without judgment.
- Women with low self-esteem
“Blame everyone for their problems leaving them no space or time to reflect on fixing their problems and moving on in life” Ruby says. Self-esteem reflects a person’s overall subjective emotional evaluation of his or her own worth. It is a judgment of oneself as well as an attitude toward the self.
“Another blockage to helping others. No time for others” she says. Pride can make us feel good, it can protect us from harm (or so we think), but despite what it can feel like, it can have a negative impact.
- Learning from mistakes
Ruby notes that when there are mistakes, many woman in PNG don’t learn from it.
“We keep repeating the same mistakes. We don’t have time to go on making mistakes. We need to learn from ours and others mistakes. We have no time to continue making mistakes” she says
- Women blaming themselves for problems
Another blockage to growth and progress. To get out of Self blame require commitment and preservation. Takes sacrificing and commitment
- Fear of violence and insecurity
Fear is violence as Ruby notes enables submission and disables progress to maturity. Fear is a human emotion that is triggered by a perceived threat. It is a basic survival mechanism that signals our bodies to respond to danger with a fight or flight response. As such, it is an essential part of keeping us safe. However, Ruby says that people who live in constant fear, whether from physical dangers in their environment or threats they perceive, can become incapacitated.
- Feeling Content
Yet another disabling blockage to improvement. “Sure, you can be happier by making some life changes, but the easiest way to be content with your life is to adjust your perspective and daily actions, which will make you more likely to appreciate what you have” she says.
- Maturity Many are now recognizing the need for growth, showing acceptance of others. Independent and self-reliant, setting up guidelines for living good lives, good relationships, developing capacities and seems to be fully functional, but the need to reach out to disadvantaged is not there. We need to share with pure honesty, love and care.
Hope post opened your eyes to some very important issues faced by woman in Papua New Guinea.
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