For the past 15 years, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO have rewarded scientific merit, encouraging young female researchers from all continents to join the program "For Women in Science".

Women and scientific excellence
Women and scientific excellence

Women are under-represented at all levels ofscientific research. Despite excellent university results, relatively few women make it to strategic positions. As the 21st century must tackle major challenges such as an aging population, threats to biodiversity or the acceleration of new technologies, women as well as men must be able to make their contribution to major discoveries and to the development of knowledge.

In 1998, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO joined forces to create For Women in Science partnership, which supports women researchers all over the world. Committed, courageous and unified by a common passion, these women contribute to the advancement of science.

Where I come from, most people perceive a woman in science as someone who stays in school too long, wasting her time learning about things that have nothing to do with running a home and taking care of children!
Anita Takura 2013 UNESCO-L’Oréal Fellow