L'Oréal and UNESCO making a real difference for women scientists worldwide
2004 For women in science awards and fellowships announcedFive outstanding world-class women scientists named L’ORÉAL-UNESCO Laureates in recognition of their contribution to scientific research.
Fifteen promising young researchers around the world, the future scientific leaders of tomorrow, receive Fellowships to carry out promising international research projects.
L’ORÉAL and UNESCO announced today the five Award Laureates, one from each continent, and 15 Fellowship beneficiaries of the 2004 “For Women in Science” programme.
growth, differentiation, and synapse formation in the nervous system.”
understanding, treatment and prevention of Chagas disease.”
There is a long-standing imbalance between men and women in scientific research. Women not only remain under-represented in scientific professions, but those women who do enter the field often find that they receive less support and fewer promotions than their male peers, resulting in a loss for society in general.
New research from UNESCO’s Institute of Statistics (based in Montréal, Canada) reinforces these findings by comparing the percentages of women with undergraduate, masters and postgraduate degrees in science and technology (S&T) in about 70 countries. For example, in Japan, 18 percent of S&T postgraduates are women and the figures fall to 15 percent in New Zealand compared to 38 percent in Turkey. While these low rates are the norm, there are some startling exceptions, particularly in Latin America, where women make up 60 percent of S&T postgraduates in El Salvador and 59 percent in Argentina.
At the same time as the Awards, the 15 UNESCO-L’OREAL Fellows for 2004 were also announced. The Fellowship beneficiaries, promising young women scientists, receive grants of $20,000 each to support research projects that they will conduct at major academic centers around the world at the doctorate or post-doctorate level.
The UNESCO-L’ORÉAL Fellowships encourage promising young women scientists to pursue their research in laboratories outside their country of origin. The 15 2004 fellows (three each from these regions: Africa, Arab States, Asia & the Pacific, Europe & North America, and Latin America & the Caribbean) were chosen by the Fellowship Selection Committee in Paris from among the candidates proposed by UNESCO National Commissions.
Mauritius: Bibi Rehana Jauhangeer – Molecular Microbiology
Nigeria: Maryam Aminu – Virology
U.R. of Tanzania: Blandina Lugendo – Marine Biology
Lebanon: Ghinwa Naja – Physical Chemistry
Syrian Arab Republic: Mouna Al-Sabbagh – Biotechnology
Yemen: Salwa Hamid Al Khayat – Microbiology
Asia & the Pacific
New Zealand: Diana Webster – Medical Science
Indonesia: Ines Atmosukarto – Microbiology
Pakistan: Farzana Shaheen – Chemistry
Europe & North America
Croatia: Silvia Bilokapic – Molecular Biology
Romania: Elena Luminita Bradatan – Medicine/Oncology
Turkey: Semra Aygün – Molecular Biology
Latin America & the Caribbean
Argentina: María Laura Guichón – Ecology
Mexico: Rosa Estela Navarro – Developmental Biology
Venezuela: María Teresa Abreu – Cellular Biology
In addition to the 2004 Laureates and Fellows, the programme “For Women in Science” is active throughout the year. In cooperation with UNESCO National Commissions, L’Oréal subsidiaries around the world have established national initiatives as offshoots of the international programme. These include national fellowships for women scientists in their countries, educational or mentoring programmes to introduce young women and girls to careers in science, as well as related conferences and seminars.
L’Oréal is the world’s number one cosmetics company, present in 130 countries worldwide. Nearly 2,900 people work in L’Oréal’s 14 research centers in France, Asia and America, which are responsible for the registration of over 500 patents annually. Fifty five percent are women – a percentage unmatched anywhere else in the industry (www.loreal.com
Since its creation in 1945, UNESCO has been dedicated to eliminating all forms of discrimination and promoting gender equality. While designing formal and non formal science education programmes specifically for girls, UNESCO has set up a series of networks linking women scientists around the world. The Organization is also developing new indicators to measure women's access to scientific training and to help develop appropriate policies in its 190 Member States (www.unesco.org/science/women).
For further information or to arrange interviews with the laureates and fellows, please contact: www.forwomeninscience.com
|Source||Press Release No 2004 - 20|
|Publication Date||08 Mar 2004|