The lack of education opportunities for women in Papua means that very few women are able to pursue a university education. Doctor Maria Rumateray is one of the lucky ones.
Her parents worked as health officers at the faraway area of Wamena in the 1970s. Her parents used to carry her in a noken when they were traveling to remote areas. Today she continues their legacy, although she does it in a helicopter.
emnews. (January 29, 2015). Mutiara dalam Noken (Pearl in the Noken). Retrieved May 27, 2020, from EngageMedia Web site: https://www.engagemedia.org/Members/emnews/videos/mutiara-dalam-noken.