Minister of Social Development and Family Services, Donna Cox, has received a courtesy call from reigning Miss World Caribbean, Tya-Jané Ramey.
The meeting took place at the Ministry’s head office on St Vincent Street in Port-of-Spain. Ramey was accompanied by National Pageant Director, Brian Gopaul and Melissa Figueroa.
During the visit, Minister Cox and the Miss World team spoke passionately about the significance of the competition to Ramey as well as the overall opportunity for the personal and professional development of women and girls that participate.
Gopaul highlighted that the pageant is not only invaluable to the participants’ empowerment but also that the Beauty with a Purpose segment provides contestants with an international platform to generate greater awareness and support for community-based initiatives inclusive of the eradication of social injustices and inequality.
To this end, Ramey who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Social Policy was able to expound on the plans and progress of her project to date, which focuses on, inter alia, relief efforts for Venezuelan migrants in this country.
The discussion also included some of the upcoming Beauty with a Purpose projects to be undertaken by each contestant of the Miss World 2021 in January. The Minister was pleased to endorse the initiative as many of the plans align with her office’s core objectives of helping, empowering and transforming the lives of the most vulnerable in Trinidad and Tobago.
Minister Cox commended the Miss World TT team for their dedication and fervour and indicated that she would do her best to accommodate the pageant’s efforts in its overall plans for the revitalisation of the national social services sector.