UNC Political Leader: The Honourable Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC MP
Kamla Persad-Bissessar is a Trinidadian lawyer and politician who served as the first female Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago from 2010 to 2015. She was born on April 22, 1952, in Siparia, Trinidad and Tobago.
Persad-Bissessar obtained a law degree from the University of the West Indies and later earned a Master’s degree in law from the same institution. She worked as a barrister and attorney-at-law before entering politics.
In 1995, Persad-Bissessar was elected to the Trinidad and Tobago Parliament as a member of the United National Congress (UNC) party. She quickly rose through the ranks, serving as Attorney General, Minister of Education, and Minister of Legal Affairs under the UNC government.
In 2010, Persad-Bissessar led the UNC to victory in the general elections, becoming the first woman to be elected Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago. During her tenure, she implemented several social welfare programs and initiatives aimed at improving healthcare, education, and infrastructure in the country.
Persad-Bissessar is also known for her advocacy of gender equality, human rights, and environmental protection. She is a recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Hummingbird Medal and the Order of the Caribbean Community.
Today, Persad-Bissessar remains an active political figure and continues to advocate for social justice and human rights in Trinidad and Tobago. Not to mention she is the Leader of the Opposition of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago.