Women and Culture

I grew up in a society that did not regard women as being significant. They were not allowed to speak in public places or involve in activities that involved decision making. Men were the leaders in our homes, families, tribes and clans.

Women were highly responsible for nurturing and raising their children, cooking and cleaning and making sure that everyone played their roles. When it came to disciplinary, men were responsible. Woman only spectated.

Priorities were given to boys to go to school. Everyone had the mentality that it was more important for boys or men to get the best in everything. They were the future leaders of their family and community and getting an education was essential.

Girls were not allowed to be seen playing or chatting with boys. They would get beaten up so badly either at home or in front of the boy. This act was done to show them both that they were never allowed to be seen together again.

A young girl grew up with very little hope and inspiration. They turn to think that they were meant to suffer or be subjected to what was defined in their culture and tradition regarding a woman. They passed on the same knowledge to their children and these continued for generations and generations.

Today, women are able to compete with men in all aspects of their life. They are given the same opportunity as a man. To get educated, to get a job, be a leader, and the list goes on. Despite the fact that a lot of women have ventured into all of these opportunities and are contributing to the change we are experiencing in the traditional roles of men and women in our societies, there are still some women out there who are trapped and not able to break free.

When you try to investigate into the reasons as to why women are handicapped, you will be surprised at to learn some of their reasons.

In my next post that follows, I will be sharing stories about ordinary Papua New Guinean woman who are putting behind their cultural barriers and embracing change, and those that still captives of culture.

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