NASSAU, Bahamas – December 2, 2017 – Premier Hon. Sharlene Robinson this past Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 was the recipient of a Global Leadership Award in Politics under the Celebrating Women International Women of Distinction Award Program.
The Organisation which has as its mission “to mobilize and inspire women across the globe to honor, recognize and celebrate the contributions of women…” saw its 4th year of honoring women from across the globe.
Premier Robinson was honored as the first woman to become Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands following the December 2016 General Elections, leading the People’s Democratic Movement to a resounding victory at the polls. Hon. Robinson was among fifteen (15) women from Scotland, Malta, Trinidad and Tobago, The Bahamas, USA, Hungary, the UK and the Republic of Zambia who received the Global Leadership Award in various fields.
Also receiving this year’s honor was former and first female elected Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, H.E. Kamla Persad–Bissessar. An additional sixteen (16) women received the National Award from various spheres.
Premier Robinson was among the few selected to respond on behalf of the honorees and she used the opportunity to encourage the women present and by extension, those around the world with five points which drew loud cheers from attendees. Premier Hon. Sharlene Robinson admonished that as leading ladies we should:
- Stay humble;
- Help another Sister along
- Use your platform for good
- Mother every child you meet: It is your God given role no matter where you find yourself and
- Put God first in everything you do
Premier Robinson was supported at the event by her husband, Mr Lorne Robinson; Deputy Premier Hon Sean Astwood; Minister of Education, Hon Karen Malcolm and their support staff.
“I consider it an honor for Turks and Caicos Islands to be named among several outstanding women from around the globe. I am grateful for the positive exposure being given our country. When I look at the women who have been honored before under the Program, I am further humbled. With the likes of the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, Former Prime Minister of Jamaica, The Hon Cynthia “Mother” Pratt, Former Deputy Prime Minister of the Bahamas, American actresses Lynn Whitfield and Sheryl Lee Ralph, Musical Legend Cissy Houston and 4-Time Grammy Award Winner Regina Belle, this is a big deal for us. Women are making their marks in many male-dominated fields and it is truly a good thing to celebrate each other.”
During the two-day visit, Premier Robinson along with the other honorees paid a courtesy call on the Governor General of the Bahamas, Dame Marguerite Pindling.