13th March, 2019- Accra: The L’Oréal Foundation in partnership with UNESCO, has launched the 2019 edition of the Women in Science programme for women scientists in sub-Saharan Africa in Accra.
The Women in Science programme was established to increase the share of women in scientific research globally. Over the past 20 years, the programme has supported and recognized accomplished women researchers and encouraged more young women to pursue careers in the sciences.
So far, the Foundation has awarded almost 3,000 young women scientists through 102 international laureates, 45 national and 5 regional programmes around the world. Last year, for the first time, a Ghanaian woman Dr. Priscilla Kolibea Mante of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology emerged winner.
This year, 20 grants will be offered for the Sub-Saharan Africa region- €10 000 for PhD and €15 000 for Post-doctorate programmes respectively.
In his welcome address, the Country Manager of L’Oréal West Africa, Mr. Sekou Coulibaly said L’Oréal has been working with Ghanaian women for the past 20 years at different levels and creating jobs through the value chain. “The women in Science programme is, therefore, a means of supporting women to attain the highest academic laurels in the sciences and I urge Ghanaian women scientists and doctoral students to apply for the fellowships”, Mr. Coulibaly stated.
He indicated that L’Oréal believes that this year’s fellowship will not be complete without the involvement of Ghana, hence the decision to launch the programme in Accra.
Launching the programme, the L’Oréal Foundation Program Manager for Africa, Mr. Tahirou Gourouza said; ‘at L’Oréal, we support women at the frontiers of science by highlighting their work and giving them the platform they deserve. We are delighted to be introducing this program to women scientists in Ghana and look forward to winners emerging from here”.
Mr. Gourouza stated that to qualify for the award of a fellowship under the programme; “an applicant must be a national of a sub Saharan African country, work in a research laboratory or institution in one of the region’s countries or be enrolled in a doctoral programme at a University in sub-Saharan Africa or be pursuing research in a field of life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics and computer sciences”. He encouraged Ghanaian female scientists, science students and lecturers to subscribe to the programme.
The Principal Programme Officer, Natural Sciences at Ghana National Commission for UNESCO, Mr. Apollonius Osei-Akoto Asare said the Women in Science programme aligns with the mandate of UNESCO to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. He commended the L’Oréal Foundation for sustaining the programme over the past 20 years. ”We are proud to be associated with the Women in Science programme and pleased with the tremendous impact it has made on the development of female scientists globally and in Africa in particular“, Mr Asare said.
To subscribe, interested persons can apply online- www.forwomeninscience.com. One can choose from the three programmes depending on eligibility. These are Laureates, Rising talents and Fellowship.
The event was attended by renowned Ghanaian female Scientists and female student scientists including Prof Esi Awuah the Foundation Vice-Chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani.
About L’Oréal Foundation
L’Oréal foundation is the social investment arm of L’Oréal. Our work has two pillars, Science and Beauty. We use our expertise in these two fields to drive and deliver major projects and change mind-sets, behaviors and ultimately, the world.
We support women at the frontiers of science by highlighting their work and giving them the platform they deserve. Apart from the Women in Science programme, we have two others – “Girls in Science” and “Beauty for a Better Life” programmes. We also help vulnerable members of the community to rebuild their lives.
UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO's programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015. UNESCO works so that each child and citizen has access to quality education. By promoting cultural heritage and the equal dignity of all cultures, UNESCO strengthens bonds among nations. UNESCO fosters scientific programmes and policies as platforms for development and cooperation.