BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO
THE reigning Miss Pacific Islands Ms Anne Christine Dunn and the Miss Solomon Islands 2017 contenders visited the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Ministry of Women Children Youth and Family Affairs (MWCYFA) yesterday.
During their visit at the Prime Minister’s Office yesterday, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare stated there is a need to address issues with women in parliament.
“It is a challenge that we will continue to face and continue to take on however, there are women’s out there are still striving to get into parliament,” said PM Sogavare.
The director of the MSIP, Ms Joyce Konofilia, thanked Prime Minister Sogavare for showing support for the MSIP events and especially the empowerment of women in this country.
She said the presence of Miss Pacific Islands has boosted the MSIP 2017 and they hope that this year’s pageant will be more successful and meaningful.
Moreover, during their visit at the MWYCFA the under secretary, Mr Stephen Maesioli, added – the MSIP 2017 helps women, and the contenders, to grow with confidence.
“I encouraged the (MSIP) 2017 to keep up the good work and train yourselves to become somebody in the future because you are the leader’s future ambassadors of this country,” said Mr Maesioli.
He encourages the visiting contigent to continue with the good work especially with the theme of MISIP 2017 and continue peace building among females especially those who live in rural areas.