By Colleen Barilae – EM TV News, Lae
As the world marks International Women’s Day today, EMTV News Lae’spoke with a number of women who believe that it’s just another ordinary day.
Others say it is a day that can have a significant meaning among womenfolk, when there are sufficient funds available to conduct more women empowerment activities.
A few say there is more room for improvement in developing women to become successful, empowered and embraced in societies.
Women in Lae are still working towards becoming equally important as men in society, business or politics.
Their concern remains as hardworking women continue to fend for their families with the little money they earn.
Following today’s International Women’s Day, some women’say chasing success, power or achievemen’s is not much of a priority, as every day is a struggle for them.
The United Nations International Women’s Day 2016 theme centres on promoting gender equality.
In Lae, Carol Aihi, a female leader, says empowering women in communities is a way forward for equal participation in business or leadership roles, but funding continues to be an area that needs improvement.
Among the ordinary women, some say they plan to move a step further in their small businesses, but can only hope for more support from their husbands.
As Papua New Guinea joins over 100 nations marking International Women’s Day today, there are still cases of violence and gender inequality.
It is believed that large populations of women in rural communities are rarely recognised with opportunities.