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L'OREAL and UNESCO: working together for women in science

L'OREAL and UNESCO: working together for women in science

Each year, the “Women in Science” program rewards outstanding female scientists from five geographic areas of the world.

L'OREAL and UNESCO: working together for women in science

Goal:
UNESCO and L'Oréal, cooperate in this program in order to advance the achievements of women in science. To that end they take the following measures:

  • L’Oréal-UNESCO Award singles out remarkable female scientists from the five continents of the world. By doing so, the program brings attention to the contributions that they have made and portrays them as role models for future generations.
  • L’Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship encourages young scientists to pursue their research in Life Sciences in the laboratory of their choice.
  • National Initiatives such as national fellowship programs as well as mentoring systems are put in place by L’Oreal subsidiaries and UNESCO National Commissions.


  • A Durable Alliance:
    The cooperation between UNESCO and L’Oréal started in 1998 and during the past seven years has evolved to become one of the strongest alliances that UNESCO has made with the Private Sector. This evolution is a result of the mutual trust that exists between UNESCO and L’Oréal and their “mutual commitment to a fundamental cause”, as noted by Mr. Owen-Jones, L'Oréal Chairman of the Board of Directors.

    Examples:
  • In March 2006, five laureates from Australia, Belgium, the United States, Mexico and Tunisia received awards each worth USD 100,000. The selection was based upon their groundbreaking achievements across the spectrum of Science.
  • Fifteen young women researchers from the following countries received in 2006 fellowships worth a maximum of $40,000: Austria, Brazil, Côte d’Ivoire, Croatia, Egypt, France, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Peru and Zimbabwe.
  • There are currently national fellowship programmes in more than twenty countries.
       - Pr. Habiba Bouhamed Chaabouni, Laureate for Africa 2006 , for her contribution to the analysis and prevention of hereditary disorders
    Europe and North America Latin America and the Caribbean Africa Arab States Asia Pacific