Source: PC Online
BY JERRY SEFE
The 2017 Miss Pacific Islands pageant continues to grow and has proven so much over the years that the annual event is not just about beauty contest but a testament for Pacific women.
The event creates a platform for the contestants to play crucial roles within their respective communities in bringing about changes to create a positive environment for all.
In doing so, it’s also recognised as a launching pad that helps women and young girls excel in life changing careers to be role models for the ever growing female population in the Pacific nation.
In a recent Miss Pacific Island contest in Nadi, Fiji, nine contestants were given the privilege to represent their countries to speak on issues affecting their respective communities and societies in bringing about positive outcomes on how to address these issues.
During the event an in-depth presentation were delivered by the ladies on their selected interview topics on the issues of gender equality, education, tourism, politics, culture, climate change, technology, environment and health.
Miss PNG, Niawali Twain, (pictured) who was the Papua New Guinea MPIP ambassador, presented discussions on what type of tourism the Pacific region should focus on.
Miss Twain spoke about niche markets such as natural, wellness, beauty, health, culture and sports that are now putting Pacific Island nations on the global.
She said ecotourism in fact promotes preservation of the natural environment and it is important to the Pacific because of its long term sustainable development, low carbon footprints, and has positive impact on local economies.
“Cultural tourism preserves our traditions, as well as wellness tourism where all in the region have natural wellness ingredients readily available to everyone” said Twain.
Meanwhile the fundamental aspect of the topics presented by the pageants was to ensure everyone have equal access to resources and opportunities including economic participation and decision making to empower their nations.
Twain said through carrying out proper awareness and educating people which is the key to drive the people of the Pacific forward in future.