The head of the Barbados-Gays and Lesbians and All-sexuals Against Discrimination (B-Glad) is among 60 young people from the Commonwealth who will receive the first ever prestigious Queen’s Young Leaders Award.
Donnya Piggott is also one of just four awardees from the region.
The award, which will be presented in London by Her Majesty The Queen in June, is part of The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme and celebrates the achievements of young people who are taking the lead to transform the lives of others and make a lasting difference in their communities.
This year’s award winners, aged between 18 and 29, are working to support others, raise awareness and inspire change on a variety of different issues including; education, climate change, gender equality, mental health and disability equality, according to a statement from The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme.
It noted that Piggott “had to overcome prejudice and personal challenges” when she decided to set up B-Glad, an advocacy group for sexual minorities.
The other regional awardees are Kellyn George from Dominica, Javon Liburd from St Kitts & Nevis and Kenville Horne from St Vincent & the Grenadines.
Chief Executive of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Dr Astrid Bonfield said what Piggott and the other 59 recipients have achieved “is remarkable and their plans for the future are truly inspiring”.
The Queen’s Young Leaders Programme is a new initiative established by The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in partnership with Comic Relief and the Royal Commonwealth Society in recognition of the Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth. In addition to the Queen’s Young Leaders Awards, the Programme will provide grants to support organizations in selected countries across the Commonwealth that work with young people to transform their lives.