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Posted: Sunday, February 17, 2019. 8:14 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: On February 14, the United States Embassy hosted the launch of Marie Sharp’s brand new “Pure Love” pineapple habanero pepper sauce that aspires to combat gender-based violence.

The event, themed “Combating Gender-Based Violence through Partnership,” featured remarks by the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, Keith Gilges; Governor General of Belize, Colville Young; Special Envoy for Women and Children, Kim Simplis Barrow; Marie Sharp, and President of the Board of Directors of Haven House Dr. Sharmayne Saunders.

“Women’s empowerment and ending gender-based violence are cornerstones of U.S. foreign policy and our Embasy’s priorities here in Belize.  Ending gender-based violence is critical to building resilient, democractic communities, supporting open and accountable governance, ending extreme poverty, and fostering vibrant economies and citizen security……There is strength in unity.  We must come together if we are serious about defeating the scourge of gender-based violence,” Chargé Gilges stated.

The partnership of “Pure Love” goes beyond the U.S. Embassy, Marie Sharp’s Fine Foods Ltd., and Haven House.

Caity Tillett, a gifted Belizean student, designed the winning label for the new product.

Alida Sharp and Mervin Budram, musical artists from Belmopan, amplified anti-violence message through their original musical compositions.

The proceeds of the sale of “Pure Love” will go to Haven House, a non-profit domestic violence shelter, directly benefiting victims of gender-based violence and empowering them to take control and positively transform their lives.


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