The L’Oréal Foundation in Partnership with UNESCO Launches a Manifesto to Promote the Role of Women in Science

Because women in science have the power To change the world
PARIS, France — Five leading women scientists and 15 promising young researchers were honoured yesterday at the 18thedition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in ScienceCeremony at the Maison de la Mutualité in Paris. Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO and Jean-Paul Agon, Chairman and CEO of L’Oréal and Chairman of the L’Oréal Foundation took the opportunity to launch the For Women in ScienceManifesto.

 Already signed by numerous guests of the ceremony, this Manifesto aims to take a stand against the under-representation of women in the sciences. It is available on so that everyone can, in turn, support this cause.


For the past 18 years, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program has encouraged, promoted and honoured women scientists all over the world. More than 2,500 researchers from 112 countries have been distinguished for their extraordinary discoveries and supported at key moments in their careers.

Every year, five eminent women scientists and 15 young researchers from all continents are recognized by their peers and awarded before the general public at the international L’Oréal-UNESCO Ceremony. The 18th edition of the For Women in Science AwardsCeremony was held at the Maison de la Mutualité.

“Our changing world has never been in greater need of women and their discoveries. With the For Women in Science program, the L’Oréal Foundation is committed to promoting these women in science who will change the world. We are determined to fight for science and to build a more beautiful world together,” stated Jean-Paul Agon.


Since its foundation, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme has worked to ensure that women are fairly represented at all levels in science. However, the current situation indicates that much remains to be done with regard to gender balance in science. Most tellingly, women account for only 30% of the world’s researchers(*).

“The UNESCO Science Report shows that the gender disparity is still very evident, particularly in the natural sciences. More equality and parity in the sciences means more opportunities to achieve scientific excellence, which is UNESCO’s mission,” explainedIrina Bokova.

The 18th edition of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards concluded with the launch of the For Women in Science Manifesto: a true opinion campaign aimed at engaging the scientific community, the institutional and the general public to step up the pace of change for women in the sciences. Jean-Paul Agon, Irina Bokova, and this year’s President of the Jury, former Laureate and Nobel Prize winner, Elizabeth Blackburn, all took the stage to sign the Manifesto. Each of the Laureates and International Rising Talents, as well as the numerous guests in attendance also signed their names to ensure the visibility and public support necessary, so that everyone involved can work together towards gender equality in the sciences.


1/ Encourage girls to explore scientific career paths

2/ Break down the barriers that prevent women scientists from pursuing long term careers in research

3/ Prioritise women’s access to senior positions and leadership positions in the sciences

4/ Celebrate with the general public the contribution that women scientists make to scientific progress and to society

5/ Ensure gender equality through participation and leadership in symposiums and scientific commissions, such as conferences, committees and board meetings

6/ Promote mentoring and networking for young scientists to enable them to plan and develop careers that meet their expectations

To join the movement and sign the Manifesto,

(*) Source: Boston Consulting Group in 2013, based on an average of the results obtained in France, Germany, Spain, UK, USA, Japan, and urban China.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization)

Categories: Development, Human interest, Women

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