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U.S. Embassy celebrates Sharon Matola as Woman of the Year 2019

Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2019. 2:45 am CST.

By BBN Staff: On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, the United States Embassy in Belize hosted an official ceremony celebrating the US Embassy’s Woman of the Year 2019, Sharon Matola.

The event featured remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, Keith Gilges; Minister of State for the Ministry of Fisheries, Forestry, the Environment, and Sustainable Development, Omar Figueroa; the Co-Founder of the Belize Center for Environmental Studies, Lou Nicolait, and the Founding Director of the Belize Zoo and the Embassy’s “Woman of the Year” 2019 Sharon Matola.

The U.S. Embassy selected Matola as their “Woman of the Year 2019” for her tireless dedication and steadfast commitment to conserving and preserving Belize’s natural heritage through zealous advocacy and education. 

 Chargé Gilges highlighted, “Not only is Sharon a truly outstanding woman and an exemplary role model to Belizean youth, but also Sharon’s herculean efforts and a lifelong dedication to conserving and preserving nature make her an ideal person to celebrate now, on the eve of Earth Day.”

 Figueroa emphasized Sharon’s immense, positive impact across Belize and stated that Sharon is, in fact, a “Woman of the Year” every year.

Since 2010, the U.S. Embassy’s “Woman of the Year” award recognizes and celebrates awe-inspiring achievements of remarkable Belizean women, and the causes to which they devote their lives.

 The award represents part of a larger U.S. government effort to promote gender equality and to empower women and girls in America and abroad.


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