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L’Oréal Looks to Honor Women in Science for Their Achievements

9 March, 2017
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L’Oréal Egypt is looking to recognize five accomplished women researchers who have made extraordinary discoveries in science as part of the 2017 edition of the L’Oréal—UNESCO “For Women in Science” program. The program will also grant fellowships to 236 additional scientists.

By highlighting the scientific advances brought to light by women, the program hopes to create role models and pave the way for a new generation of women scientists. The launch of this year’s program took place at a conference at the end of February and was attended by the program’s fellows, government officials, delegates from scientific bodies, and representatives from academic institutions.

In his conference speech, L’Oreal Egypt Managing Director Benoit Julia stated: "For us at L’Oreal, science and research is in our DNA. The company was founded in 1909 by a chemist, Eugene Schueller, and since then, science has always been our backbone.”

“Every year we invest around €800 million in research and close to 4,000 researchers are working in our labs around the world. Thanks to science, we guarantee the quality, efficacy and safety of our products to all women and men around the world,” he continued.

The L’Oréal-UNESCO “For Women in Science” initiative was first launched in 1998 under the belief that the world needs science, and science needs women, because women in science have the power to change the world. A total 2,530 researchers have been honored since 1998, including two Nobel Prize winners. 

A program that targets women in science in the Middle East—titled “For Women in Science in the Levant and Egypt”—for fellowships was launched in 2014, and aims to recognize and honor female scientists from Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Iraq, and Syria. Thus far, 14 Egyptian women researchers have received fellowships from the program.

“As 2017 is the year of women in Egypt, I am very proud that this program can become an example among others of what can be done to empower women in our society,” Julia added.

Minister of Education Tarek Shawki asserted that it is essential to draw the attention of parents toward motivating young women to study science at an early age, so that women can progress in the field of science.

Meanwhile, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr stated that “women empowerment is the basis of the advancement of nations and the achievement of comprehensive development”.

The deadline to submit an application to the program is April 9, and information on how to apply is available at the official website

The L’Oréal Foundation, which has been in the Egyptian market since 2009, is committed to two main causes: advocating for women in science and the “Beauty for a Better Life” campaign. Based on the values of excellence, generosity and creativity, science is at the core of the foundation’s commitments. As well, the foundation has launched several programs anchored by a vision of beauty as a path toward a fairer and more generous society.

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