Her Excellency was presented this elite award while attended several high profiled meetings, including the International Conference on Gender & Sustainability, hosted by the Centre for Economic and Leadership Development (CELD), an Organisation in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC) in New York, USA. The presentation took place on September 21, 2017 at the Midtown Hilton Hotel, New York on the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Commenting on their selection of Her Excellency Reema Carmona, Economic and Leadership Development (CELD), stated that its “Board took into consideration [Her Excellency’s] efforts to end preventable deaths and improve the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents”, including Her Excellency’s support for the Diabetes Association and other Patronages; her work in childhood obesity and NCD prevention and control, autism awareness; and her advocacy and leadership in championing the fight against child marriage. Her Excellency has been addressing international and local conferences and workshops on the above topics.
In accepting the Award, Her Excellency Reema Carmona noted that it is as much a profound privilege and honour to have been conferred with the International Award as it is a great responsibility. Having been recently inaugurated as an Executive Member of the Network of Caribbean First Ladies, known as ‘SCLAN- Spouses of Caribbean Leaders Action Network’, Her Excellency said that she will continue to be a voice for equity, respect and empowerment of women and children everywhere and that her advocacy shall persist on issues such as Disabilities, NCDs, diabetes and healthy lifestyles, drug approval, adolescent pregnancy and HIV & Mother to Child Transmission. Her Excellency expressed her elation and honour at receiving the prestigious International Award and thanked her family, her husband His Excellency the President and all concerned stakeholders for their immeasurable contribution and support, on her continuing journey for social empowerment and transformation of the disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalised in Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.
The other First Ladies/ Awardees are: Her Excellency Dominique Ouattara - First Lady of the Republic of Ivory Coast, Her Excellency Lorena Castillo de Varela- First Lady of Panama, Her Excellency Roman Tesfaye- First Lady of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia and Her Excellency Sandra Granger- First Lady of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana.
Caption: Her Excellency Reema Carmona is presented the Global Female Impact Leadership Award by the Her Excellency AmeenahGurib, President of Mauritius, President Gurib also presented the other First Ladies with their awards. Photo by Mervyn Bamby (NY)
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