Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is one of five female world leaders to be recognized for their individual achievements for their countries by US-based Glamour magazine, Trinidad and Tobago’s Newsday reports.
Glamour, which has a circulation in the US of close to one-and-a-half million announced that on November 8, 2010, (tomorrow) it would honor five heads of state in recognition of their individual achievements on behalf of their respective countries. November 8 coincides with Glamour’s celebration of the 20th anniversary of the founding of its Women of the Year honors.
Persad-Bissessar was selected for her determination to tackle Trinidad and Tobago’s crime rate, boost pensions, and eradicate poverty – all issues that greatly affect women, the magazine notes, adding that the PM is known for her inclusive leadership style and her desire to get more women into office.
Press Secretary Garvin Nicholas said the PM was “humbled” by the international recognition that she continues to attract for her work in TT and the region. He said Persad-Bissessar was focused on the development of the people of the Caribbean and that the Prime Minister stated that any recognition received for the work done in furthering that ideal was “merely a bonus”.
Persad-Bissessar will leave at midnight tonight for the United States where she will also hold talks with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice. She will also deliver an address to the prestigious Harvard University before returning to TT on Thursday.
The PM also continues to monitor the aid delivered to storm-hit (Tomas) Caricom neighbors and has partnered with the private sector, non-government organizations and other state agencies to ensure basic supplies are delivered to the islands in a timely manner. So far, 27,700 liters of water, building material, food stuff and medical supply have been sourced from the private sector, Nicholas said.
Persad-Bissessar was selected from a sterling few including Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.
Glamour quoted Johnson-Sirleaf as saying that she knew her example as a president in the developing world would inspire girls all over Africa “to go to school…to break the chains that make them marry early…to break the tradition in which they’re left behind when the young boys go to school because they have seen there are ones who can succeed.”
“She has stressed education, the inclusion of women in government, and providing women with vocational skills and improving their employment opportunities,” the magazine said.
Other women the magazine earmarked for honor next week include Prime Minister Jadranka Kosor of Croatia, Prime Minister Iveta Radicová of Slovakia, President Dalia Grybauskaite of Lithuania.
According to the organizers of the event, those selected for the prestigious honor were rated quite literally the most powerful women on earth whose successes prove that the world was moving ever closer to the global empowerment of women.
Editor-in-chief of Glamour, Cindi Leive, said she was “thrilled” to recognize these five leaders. “Each of these women has demonstrated tremendous leadership, and their work is an inspiration to girls and women everywhere,” she said, adding that she has named the honorees “Women of the Year” because they have remained focused on the issues of women’s empowerment.
“Thanks to them, girls now have powerful models at the very top. With these women leaders inspiring the next generation, perhaps the concerns of today – girls’ under-education, maternal mortality, rape as a weapon of war – will, by the fortieth Glamour Women of the Year Awards, have been resolved,” she said.
The magazine has chosen pop superstar Fergie as their Woman of the Year and she will grace three versions of the Women of the Year 20th anniversary cover in December. In addition to Fergie, other Glamour Magazine Women of the Year honorees include Julia Roberts, Cher, Donatella Versace, Diane von Furstenberg, Mia Hamm, and Lindsey Vonn.
For the original report go to http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,130389.html