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Apr 17, 2019

Sharon Matola is the U.S. Embassy’s “Woman of the Year”

Sharon Matola, the Founding Director of the Belize Zoo, is the U.S. Embassy’s Woman of the year 2019. On Tuesday, Matola was honoured with an official ceremony and reception. A release issued by the US Embassy says that Matola was recognized for her dedication to Belize’s natural heritage through advocacy and education. Chargé de Affaires Keith Gilges says that, “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.” The event also featured remarks by Minister of State for the Ministry Forestry and Environment Omar Figueroa and the Co-Founder of the Belize Center for Environmental Studies, Lou Nicolait.  Since 2010, the U.S. Embassy’s “Woman of the Year” award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of remarkable 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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