Combating Gender-Based Violence through Partnership with US Embassy

February 14, 2019

On February 14, 2019, the U.S. Embassy hosted the launch of Marie Sharp’s brand new “Pure Love” pineapple habanero pepper sauce that aspires to combat gender-based violence. 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. We are privileged to have inspired this new product that aims to make a positive, durable impact in Belize.

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

Chargé Gilges stated, “Women’s empowerment and ending gender-based violence are cornerstones of U.S. foreign policy and our Embassy’s priorities here in Belize. Ending gender-based violence is critical to building resilient, democratic communities, supporting open and accountable governance, ending extreme poverty, and fostering vibrant economies and citizen security.” Gilges emphasized the importance of strong partnerships: “There is strength in unity. We must come together if we are serious about defeating the scourge of gender-based violence.” The partnership behind “Pure Love” goes beyond the U.S. Embassy, Marie Sharp’s Fine Foods Ltd., and Haven House. Ms. Caity Tillett, a gifted Belizean student, designed the winning label for the new product. Ms. Alida Sharp and Mr. Mervin Budram, musical artists from Belmopan, amplified the anti-violence message through their original musical compositions.

 

Marie Sharp’s and U.S Embassy partner to fight gender-based violence in Belize

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019
To create awareness and help the fight against gender-based violence, the Embassy of the United States of America (US) in Belize hosted the launch of ‘Pure Love,’ Marie Sharp’s Fine Foods Ltd brand-new Pineapple Habanero Pepper sauce on Thursday, February 14th. This partnership aspires to combat said abuse by having all proceeds from the pepper sauce sales benefit Haven House, a non-profit domestic violence shelter in Belize City directly benefiting victims of gender-based violence.


Held at the capital city of Belmopan, the event was themed ‘Combating Gender-Based Violence through Partnership,’ and hosted at the residence of the U.S Chargé d’Affaires, Keith Gilges. The event also saw the presence popular Belizean entrepreneur Marie Sharp, Kim Simplis- Barrow representing the Special Envoy for Women and Children, Governor General of Belize Sir Colville Young, and Dr. Sharmayne Saunders, president of the Board of Directors of Haven House.

Photo Courtesy of the US Embassy in Belize

During the event, Sharp stated that she was approached by the Embassy with the idea for the gender-based violence campaign. She immediately thought about her new habanero sauce that had not yet been marketed. “Since I was not using it, I put it for the gender-based violence initiative,” said Sharp. “I thought it was one way of generating money fast enough because I know that every product, I put out there, is good and the market will accept it.” According to her, the Pure Love Pineapple Pepper sauce is made of only pineapple pulp and habanero. It is available in five-ounce bottles and hit the local and international market on Friday, February 15th.

Photo Courtesy of the US Embassy in Belize

The U.S Embassy feels privileged to have in some way inspired this new product/program. Chargé d’Affaires Gilges indicated that such initiatives are part of U.S foreign policy and the embassy’s priorities in Belize. “Ending gender-based violence is critical to building resilient, democratic communities, supporting open and accountable governance, ending extreme poverty, and fostering vibrant economies and citizen security,” said Gilges. He emphasized the importance of strong partnerships.

Photo Courtesy of the US Embassy in Belize

Simplis- Barrow stated that the new sauce represents an entirely new approach with a completely dynamic angle. “I hope it will fuel us to understand the magnitude of gender-based violence and how much of an impact it has on the entire society,” she said. The head of the Special Convoy for Women and Children added that the initiative signifies communal support to survivors, those currently affected and to those whose lives have been taken.

Photo Courtesy of the US Embassy in Belize

Haven House President Saunders, thanked both Sharp and the U.S Embassy for including her organization as the beneficiary. “The Haven House has provided emergency accommodation services to over 1,300 women and children,” said Saunders. “Adult residents at the shelter have ranged from the age of 18 to 60, while child residents range from three days old to 17 years.” She added that the shelter works by referrals either via the police, the domestic violence unit within the police or by the Women’s Department.

Photo Courtesy of the US Embassy in Belize

The partnership behind Pure Love goes beyond the U.S Embassy, Marie Sharp’s Fine Foods Ltd, and Haven House. The goal is to reach as many homes as possible and spread the message that gender-based violence must end. The entities involved believe that Belizeans will see the benefits it will bring to households, communities and the entire country.

 

Kim Simplis Barrow

Spouse, Prime Minister of Belize, Special Envoy for Women and Children, Founder, Lifeline Foundation, Chair, Spouses of CARICOM Leaders Action Network | www.specialenvoy.bz

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At yesterday’s launch, Mrs, Kim Simplis Barrow took the opportunity to voice that, “This hot sauce is much more than just a bottle with a mixture we love. This bottle represents an entirely new approach with a completely dynamic angle. I HOPE it will fuel us to understand the magnitude of gender based violence and how much of an impact it has on the ENTIRE society. This sauce signifies a communal support to survivors, to those still being directly affected, and to those whose lives were taken. While its size is small, the visible and steady reminder of the message it carries will enter the homes and establishments of many Belizeans and I am confident that it will make a tremendous impact.” #HotSauce #MarieSharp #GBV #Activism #KSB #Launch #Pepper #Change #EndGBV

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Mrs, Kim Simplis Barrow took the opportunity to voice that, “This hot sauce is much more than just a bottle with a mixture we love. This bottle represents an entirely new approach with a completely dynamic angle. I HOPE it will fuel us to understand the magnitude of gender based violence and how much of an impact it has on the ENTIRE society. This sauce signifies a communal support to survivors, to those still being directly affected, and to those whose lives were taken. While its size is small, the visible and steady reminder of the message it carries will enter the homes and establishments of many Belizeans and I am confident that it will make a tremendous impact.” A huge congrats to US Embassy & Marie Sharp on the launch of a new ‘Pure love’ pineapple habanero sauce that provides a much needed visibility to gender based violence! Not only will the profits of the sales go to the Haven House, but the steady reminder of the meaning behind the bottle will enter the homes and establishments of many Belizeans and I am confident that it will make a tremendous impact. As one of our first 20,000 strong speakers, Mrs. Sharp has been a steadfast supporter of women empowerment and ending gender based violence. Even her staff do their part in wearing their orange shirts! Thank you to Natella Svistunova, Public Officer at the US Embassy, who’s vision and drive brought us to this point. This initiative will no doubt be a great influencer for change! #HotSauce #MarieSharp #GBV #Activism #KSB #Launch #Pepper #Change #EndGBV

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Mrs, Kim Simplis Barrow took the opportunity to voice that, “This hot sauce is much more than just a bottle with a mixture we love. This bottle represents an entirely new approach with a completely dynamic angle. I HOPE it will fuel us to understand the magnitude of gender based violence and how much of an impact it has on the ENTIRE society. This sauce signifies a communal support to survivors, to those still being directly affected, and to those whose lives were taken.

While its size is small, the visible and steady reminder of the message it carries will enter the homes and establishments of many Belizeans and I am confident that it will make a tremendous impact.” A huge congrats to US Embassy & Marie Sharp on the launch of a new ‘Pure love’ pineapple habanero sauce that provides a much needed visibility to gender based violence! Not only will the profits of the sales go to the Haven House, but the steady reminder of the meaning behind the bottle will enter the homes and establishments of many Belizeans and I am confident that it will make a tremendous impact. 

As one of our first 20,000 strong speakers, Mrs. Sharp has been a steadfast supporter of women empowerment and ending gender based violence. Even her staff do their part in wearing their orange shirts! 

Thank you to Natella Svistunova, Public Officer at the US Embassy, who’s vision and drive brought us to this point. This initiative will no doubt be a great influencer for change! 

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