National award recipient Rev Joy Abdul-Mohan (Photo courtesy PCTT)

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Moderator of the Presbyterian Church Rev Joy Abdul-Mohan has been granted the National Medal for Women Development – Gold.

She was among the recipients who received National Awards for 2021 by President of the Republic of T&T Paula-Mae Weekes earlier this week.

When congratulated about the award, Abdul-Mohan said, “Thank you! All to God’s glory.”

In a statement, the Presbyterian Church of TT also congratulated her for her contribution to the development of women and the education of girls saying she has worked assiduously as vice president of Rapidfire Kidz Foundation for the past decade.

“Rev Abdul-Mohan is a role model and inspiration to girls and women in general. Her work ethic and infectious energy emulate the Bible Women of the Church’s history in creating a legacy of her own. We are certain that somewhere out there, a little girl, a young woman, will be inspired by Rev Joy, to serve God and country and to have a voice for women in general,” the PCTT said

During her 33 years as an Ordained Minister, the PCTT said Abdul-Mohan “has spread the Word of God with compassion and has led the Church with humility, dignity and integrity.”

“Her role in keeping alive issues of women in general, and issues of gender-based violence and domestic violence in particular, within the Church and in the wider community and country, is quite a vocation in pastoral care and activism,” the PCTT said.

Abdul-Mohan holds a Master of Arts, Princeton Theological Seminary and pursued Higher Education in Law, University of London and in Mediation. The PCTT says she looks forward to becoming a Certified Mediator. She is at present pursuing a BA in Childhood Education. 

Abdul-Mohan was the first locally ordained female Minister of the PCTT having been ordained at the age of 23. She is also the first female Principal of the St. Andrew’s Theological College. Rev Andul-Mohan served as an Independent Senator in the 10th Parliament of the Republic of T&T.