The First Lady of the Caribbean twin island state of Trinidadian and Tobago Reema Carmona has been conferred with the prestigious Global Female Impact Leadership Award.
By Theron Boodan/Roy Lie A Tjam.
Reema Carmona, has become the first Trinidadian “First Lady” to be the recipient of the prestigious Global Female Impact Leadership Award. In fact Carmona was one of five First Ladies across the globe to have been conferred with this award in 2017.
She was presented the award in New York City, while attended several meetings, including the International Conference on Gender & Sustainability, hosted by the Centre for Economic and Leadership Development (CELD), an Organization in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC).
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 H.E. Reema Carmona, Economic and Leadership Development (CELD), stated that its “Board took into consideration her efforts to end preventable deaths and improve the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents”, including her 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.
Mrs Carmona has been addressing international and local conferences and workshops on the above topics.
In accepting the Award, Mrs 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’, She 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.
Carmona expressed her elation and honour at receiving the prestigious International Award and thanked her family, her husband 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.
H.E. Reema Carmona is the spouse of H.E. Anthony T Carmona O.R.T.T, S.C. President of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago. President Carmona is a former ICC judge. Carmona also served as an appeals counsel at the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha.
Mrs Carmona works closely with numerous charitable organizations and NGOs- by way of her personal involvement, patronages and advocacy- all with the aim of improving the lives, health and general well-being of the populace, locally, regionally and internationally.