10 Critical Challenges Of Dealing With Women In Papua New Guinea

A Papua New Guinean model, Noreen Pisa, Photo credit. Camattree

A Papua New Guinean model, Noreen Pisa, Photo credit. Camattree

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.

  1. 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.

  1. Values

“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.

  1. Acceptance Women with unresolved issues are quick to judge and criticize others. Rather than accepting people who have limitations without judgment.
  1. 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.

  1. Pride

“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.

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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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6 Comments on 10 Critical Challenges Of Dealing With Women In Papua New Guinea

  1. I beg to defer. Ruby is entitiled to her opinion, but her opinion shouldn’t be taken as fact because Papua New Guinean women are all different and changing still.
    Whilst the opinions expressed here may be true, it should be added that these 10 points are not specifically reserved PNG’ean women. These are views that are held as the psychological makeup of women the world over!

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    • The EntrepreneurLink // August 6, 2015 at 2:53 pm // Reply

      Appreciate your view. Yes every woman in PNG and world over are entitled to their views and we are happy to be the medium to communicate those views.


  2. I agree with some of the points here especially with the first, you have alot of intelligent woman who hinder themselves by the belief in false love, especially false love. Alot of young woman I have met who are pursuing studies to Masters or PhD, who are furthering their career are usually single or separated from their partners. Those who are still in relationships are struggling to balance studies and their boyfriends egos, and this is something that annoys me everytime I see it. Women think a man you have to continuously encourage or make feel secure is a man in love, and this is love. This is false love, and I am glad its number 1 on your list because its the biggest hindrance to women accomplishing much in PNG. A strong man who really loves you understands your work, compromises and is secure enough not be a burden. When women start dealing with addressing false love they can stop blaming themselves for inadequacies that is their insecure partners, be confident in their worth, understand this was a mistake, learn from it, and keep building. Also, women in PNG have got to stop treating other women as the enemy, stop comparing their success to another woman’s and understand that they are unique, can bring their share to the table, stop being defensive and keep an open mind enough to judge a situation on information provided and not just based on your personal feelings.

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  3. Loujaya Kouza // August 7, 2015 at 6:02 am // Reply

    Women are their own worst enemies, it is easy to be condescending to keep other women at bay so as to remain in the drivers seat of know it all! Just be comfortable with yourself, know where your failures are, lessons learnt and honey no one is going to make it easy for you, to get to where you want to go.Love yourself, forgive yourself and you know yourself better than all the analysts that get paid to play psycho on you! Hehe


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