Sharon Slater has dedicated the past ten years of her life to defending marriage, family and life. Whether it be in a remote village in Africa, addressing 1.5 million people at a pro-marriage rally in Spain, or opposing challenges to family values in the United States, Canada or at the United Nations, Sharon has taken a leading role in organizing support and always makes a difference.
Sharon is an internationally recognized leader in the effort to protect and promote the family and family values at the international, national and local level. Many of Sharon’s unique experiences and what she has learned about the threats to families around the world are described in her new book, Stand for the Family. This book also presents key talking points, essential research, and vital information to help defend marriage and the family at the international, national and local level.
In 1999, Sharon co-founded Family Watch International (FWI), a nonprofit organization in consultative status with the United Nations, and she currently serves as its president. Among her other activities, Sharon writes a biweekly column for “The Family Watch,” a free e-newsletter with readers in over 100 countries around the world.
Sharon’s vision is now becoming a reality through a growing Internet-based international coalition to defend the family. Thousands of people around the world have joined this coalition, pledging to support efforts to protect the family and family values by signing the “I Stand for the Family” petition online. Her book, Stand for the Family is intended in part to be a gathering tool to awaken good people everywhere to the threats facing the family and invite them to join this international coalition.
In all of her activities to protect the family, Sharon, along with her husband Greg, has worked as an unpaid volunteer. She has assigned all proceeds from her new book, Stand for the Family, to Family Watch International or its affiliates to support efforts to defend the family and family values.
Among her other efforts to promote and facilitate international adoption, in 2002 Sharon co-chaired the first International Conference on Family-Based Care for Orphans in Nairobi, Kenya. In 2006, she organized and co-chaired the Best Interest of the Child Seminar, an intercultural exchange between government officials from the United States and Mozambique on orphan issues and adoption.
Sharon holds a Bachelors degree in Family Sciences, and before becoming involved in family issues, Sharon was a certified interpreter for the deaf and an instructor of American Sign Language at the university level. In addition to American Sign Language, she is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and has had the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica, Panama, Brazil, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Argentina, Guatemala, China/Hong Kong, Thailand, Germany, United Kingdom, Scotland, Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, Mozambique, Swaziland, South Africa, Uganda, Nigeria and Kenya.
She has also been active in defending marriage and the family in her local community and was selected to represent American Mothers, Inc as the 2007 Arizona Mother of the Year. Of all her accomplishments, Sharon prizes most her role as a wife and mother. Sharon and her husband Greg are the parents of seven children, four biological and three orphan siblings from Mozambique whose parents died of AIDS. She and her family reside in Gilbert, Arizona.
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