For eleven days in early November, Marga Fripp, founder of EWI, will be embarking on an extremely exciting journey to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Women in Papua New Guinea face violence, discrimination, and marginalization constantly. These barriers are hard to overcome due to the lack of opportunities for entrepreneurship, education, and training. Papua New Guinea ranks 156 out of the 186 countries in the United Nations Development Program’s gender inequality index. Women are also face gender based violence, which reinforces their cultures inferior status. Despite the struggles, there are still many women who are overcoming the odds and using their success to help improve these conditions.
Marga will be going to Papua New Guinea with the US State Department to teach and empower women in these situations through workshops and visits. The trip objectives include:
- “To foster women’s empowerment by sharing practices for leadership and collaboration.
- Raise awareness on the importance of including women in the country’s economic development through media interactions and meetings with local decision-makers.
- Give keynote remarks at the launch of the first ever PNG Women’s Chamber of Commerce.
- Encourage women entrepreneurs to use innovation and creativity to grow their businesses and find new markets.
- Motivate university students to become entrepreneurs and explore the endless business opportunities available in PNG during the country’s economic boom.”
When talking about the upcoming trip Marga exclaimed “I hope that in a small way I can contribute all I’ve learned over the past 2 decades about women’s empowerment to inspire and empower change makers in Papua New Guinea. We’re spreading the seeds for change widely, and I hope we see dignity and opportunity blossoming for women at home and around the world.”
We look forward to seeing what amazing things Marga will accomplish in Papua New Guinea and look forward to continued international empowerment!