SUNDAY, APR. 1: Premier Paula Cox has been honoured with a prestigious international award for women at a ceremony in New York, it was announced today (Sunday).
Ms Cox was given the 2012 Emerald Award of Excellence by US Congresswoman Yvette Clark at the 16th annual Women of Great Esteem Emerald Awards Ceremony in Brooklyn.
Ms Cox is the third Bermudian recipient of the top award, joining the late Dame Lois Brown Evans and former Premier Jennifer Smith.
In addition, Ms Cox was recognised by the US Congress, the New York State Assembly and New York City Council.
Bermudians Neletha Butterfield, a former Cabinet Minister, and barrister and former Senator Victoria Pearman have both been inducted into the Women of Great Esteem Hall of Fame.
The Woman of Great Esteem Emerald Award is given to women who “develop and advance their communities without regard for race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age or national origin, labour in an atmosphere that fosters trust and teamwork and challenge their communities to appreciate diversity and treat each other with dignity and respect.”
The award is given to women working in the areas of politics, religion, education, health, economics, the law, the arts and for leadership.
Ms Cox got the award on Saturday night at a ceremony at the Palm House in Brooklyn’s Botanic Gardens.