Her Excellency Reema Carmona Receives The Global Female Impact Leadership Award at The 72nd Session of The United Nations General Assembly at the Midtown Hilton Hotel, New York

Her Excellency Reema Carmona became the first nation of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago to be conferred with the prestigious Global Female Impact Leadership Award among five (5) other First Ladies across the globe to be presented the award this year.

Her Excellency was at the time attending several meetings, including the International Conference on Gender & Sustainability, hosted by the Centre for Economic and Leadership Development (CELD).  The CELD is an Organisation which holds special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC).

Commenting on the selection of Mrs. Carmona, the CELD, stated that took into consideration Her Excellency’s efforts to end preventable deaths and improve the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents, as well as her Excellency’s support for the Diabetes Association and other Patronages.

Additionally, Her Excellency’s work in childhood obesity and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) prevention and control, autism awareness; and her advocacy and leadership in championing the fight against child marriages.  Her Excellency has repeatedly addressed international and local conferences and workshops on the above topics.

Her Excellency in accepting the Award, noted that it is 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), she said that she will continue to be a voice for equity, respect and empowerment of women and children everywhere and her advocacy shall persist on issues such as Disabilities, NCDs, diabetes and healthy lifestyles, drug approval, adolescent pregnancy and HIV & Mother to Child Transmission.

Mrs. Carmona 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 the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean.

The other First Ladies/Awardees were: 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.