Posted August 11, 2010 from Papua New Guinea

Hey everyone, I've never heard of World Pulse until an email this morning from one of the mailing lists - Pacific Women (PACWIN). It is very encouraging to read about your stories from around the globe - some could be worse off than what we face in our country, while others are similar. I am happy to know that such a group exists and such an opportunity is available to let women's voices being heard! I look forward to learning and networking more with all on the site - to know that we can not speak alone - and not be heard but as a group and speak out to the world together.

In Papua New Guinea, internet access is very limited or is non-existent in our rural areas - and there lies great potential out there of women who are , in their own capacities doing as much as they can to assist their respective communities. It would be great also to bring together their stories and share to the world and make them aware of such opportunities that can assist them. As technology is improving slowly but surely - we hope that pretty soon, all remote areas will have some access to these services to assist in the development of the communities..

Thank you once again for this opportunity - will be encouraging more woment to partake in this also.


Carol Cholai Papua New Guinea

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  • Jade Frank
    Aug 11, 2010
    Aug 11, 2010

    Hi Carol,

    What a beautiful message to the community! I look forward to learning so much more about you, about your work and women's issues in Papua New Guinea - a region we don't hear about too often and have much to learn about

    Like you, I often think about the women who have no access to the Internet, and have not the opportunity to join us in speaking for themselves. And here at World Pulse we're working hard to develop ways to reach them too - soon by cell phone and in some areas of the world like Kenya, our members are connecting women in rural villages through letter writing (post) with women met here on PulseWire. It's a beautiful thing! And I would love to hear your ideas on how to be more inclusive of women everywhere.

    Please continue to use your journal as an instrument for change - as a platform to speak to our community of women from over 160 countries - women who are leaders in their neighborhoods, communities, countries and worldwide, women who seek change, seek equality and seek recognition. Women who are changing the world! Women like you.

    In friendship, Jade

  • PaxFeminina
    Aug 12, 2010
    Aug 12, 2010

    Hello Carol,

    I was fascinated to read that you were from Papua New Guinea. I have read many stories from women all over the world, but yours is the first personal story I have read from your region. I would like to read more about the particular challenges women face in your country, and also about your cultural traditions and arts. Looking forward to learning more about you!

    Cheers, PaxFeminina

  • carolepng
    Aug 12, 2010
    Aug 12, 2010

    hey - thanks for your comments. I would be glad to share with you more about Papua New Guinea - Papua New Guinea , I would say differs from many other countries as it is diverse in culture, languages and traditions. We are made up of 20 provinces and no two provinces are the same - even within provinces , there is tremendous difference in customs and LANGUAGES! We have about 800+ different languages - even with two nearby villages(communities) a couple of kilometres apart do not have the same language. So there can be a general picture of PNG being given , but sometimes it may not really portray everything! and visiting one part of the country is not looking at the whole country.

    there's so much to share, and so many great things and wonderful people -- regardless of all the bad things that may be said about our country - its still home and will always be home!! :-)