Dame Janet Bostwick was presented with the CARICOM Triennial Award for Women during the opening ceremony of the 44th CARICOM Heads of Government meeting being held in the capital.

Bostwick was a staple in local politics before her retirement, holding many high level posts. She is also the first female Member of Parliament in the country.

In her acceptance speech, Mrs. Bostwick used the opportunity to draw attention to the fight against climate change, “we are blessed to have Prime Minister, Mia Mottley lead the charge against climate change and we’re so proud because she is a woman, but all of us most do our part. The lives of our children are at stake. We must take personal responsibility to ensure that our actions lead to the decrease of carbon emissions in our own countries and guard against pollution of our waters by ourselves as well as by international vessels cruising our seas. We must encourage our governments to be mindful in trade of our precious carbon credits to ensure that that trade does not facilitate the continued level of emissions by those whose decreased emissions are essential to our survival.”