National Miss Galaxy Finalist Wida Tausif on how she hopes to motivate young women to lead
Since it was founded in 2011, Miss Galaxy Australia has aimed to provide the motivation and tools for all delegates to become the best possible version of themselves, to become role models to their peers, their family and their community. This year, writer and activist Wida Tausif has been chosen as one of the finalists, and since her nomination has been participating in a number of community engagements for the organisation. She will represent Victoria in the National Finals which will take place in Gold Coast in March. Wida believes that by being among those chosen for Miss Galaxy, she will inspire other young women to participate and be who they are and lead their community.
“My passion for serving the community began in childhood, in New Zealand. I would say I imbibed it from my eldest brother Shekib, who was an active community advocate in Christchurch,” says Wida. “I hope to continue making a difference with this platform. Making it to the finals has been a great achievement,” she adds.
Wida has several other achievements too to her credit. Just last month she was awarded the Arman Award, an initiative by the Association of Hazaras in Victoria to recognize an Afghan, whose contribution to Afghan Australian community has been outstanding, particularly from cultural and social points of view. “I hope to continue serving the community with this new responsibility bestowed on me,” says Wida, who has also been nominated for the Victorian Young Achiever Awards 2018.
A writer too, two of Wida’s poems have been selected to be published in a poetry anthology by Young Lights Publisher. In 2016 and 2017, Wida was awarded two peace awards by World Poetry Canada for her outstanding and innovative contribution towards achieving world peace.
In 2017, she was crowned Miss Intelligent at the Miss South Asian Australasia Pageant. Wida is also a member of Multicultural Youth Network and has also been nominated for the 2018 Victorian Honour Roll of Women.
In September 2017, Wida launched her second piece of children’s fiction, Aliens Don’t Belong On Earth.
In 2016, Wida collaborated with an Indian rapper on a Dari and English song and the video will be released in 2018.