KAMLA Trinidad and Tobago’s First Woman Prime MinisterProduct no.: HP137
What would the world look like if a woman ran it? This book chronicles the beginning of a new time in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago as the reins of national leadership are taken over by the remarkable Kamla Persad-Bissessar – the country’s First Woman Prime Minister. It also demonstrates the path taken by one of a growing number of women who are now leaders of their nation.
Born into humble beginnings in a farming district, the young Kamla Persad grew up with few material possessions. However, it was her mother, Rita, who would give her the gift of courage and the passion to dream. These attributes would first take her to London, England, as a teenager to study and become a social worker, and to marry fellow Trinidadian, Greg Bissessar. But as Kamla matured, so too would her dreams; she became a university lecturer and then a lawyer. But her connection with ordinary people would ultimately inspire her to become a ‘representative of the people’ in her native Trinidad and Tobago where, at successive levels of Local Government, Parliament and Government Minister, she would support and encourage her constituents.
Now, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar – wife, mother and grandmother – has dedicated the next chapter in her life to share and implement her vision of a nation and a world where children can receive the best health care and education regardless of their parent’s financial circumstances, and where women are given equal opportunity to develop themselves in spite of their gender.
This lavishly illustrated book is a pictorial reflection of Kamla’s activities during the first year of her premiership and provides an insight into her thoughts and dreams for the future of Trinidad and Tobago.