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Kamla proposes national award to honour women

By Joel Julien joel.julien@trinidadexpress.com

PRIME MINISTER Kamla Persad-Bissessar has proposed to add a national award to honour "outstanding and meritorious service to the development of women" in this country.

Persad-Bissessar made the comment as she delivered the feature address at the Interclub of Trinidad and Tobago's 10th Annual International Women's celebration at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Port of Spain yesterday.

Persad-Bissessar said Women's Day symbolises an "occasion to review how far women have come in their struggle for equality, peace and development".

"It is in keeping with this philosophy of specially honouring women's contributions to the world, that I wish to share with you here today that beginning this year, in this new decade and new time for our country, Government proposes to add on a new category for the annual National Awards, which are given out on Independence Day," she said.

"In addition to different categories of service, we propose to add another category titled 'The Woman's Public Service Medal of Merit Gold for outstanding and meritorious service to the development of women in Trinidad and Tobago'."

There was applause from the crowd at Persad-Bissessar's statement.

In delivering her feature address, Persad-Bissessar noted several instances where she had to "go brave" and overcome obstacles in her path.

International Women's Day is carded for March 8, but was brought up one week earlier because the date will coincide with Carnival Tuesday.

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