L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards Celebrate 30 Outstanding Researchers in Sub-Saharan Africa

In a prestigious ceremony held in Kasane, Botswana, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Young Talents Sub-Saharan Africa Awards honoured 30 exceptional women researchers on November 9. The awardees, including 25 PhD candidates and five post-doctoral researchers, represent a diverse range of research fields dedicated to addressing significant challenges and enhancing the quality of life in Africa and worldwide.

Now in its 14th year, these renowned awards feature a financial grant of €10,000 for PhD students and €15,000 for postdoctoral researchers. The ceremony highlights the commitment of the Fondation L’Oréal and UNESCO to promote gender equality in science and support promising women scientists. In a world where only 2.5% of researchers are from Africa, recognizing and supporting these talented women becomes crucial, especially as global research efforts aim to empower young female scientists.

The Young Talents program not only provides financial support but extends beyond, offering leadership training to foster personal and professional development. This holistic approach aims to address challenges faced by women scientists, from gender discrimination to balancing professional and personal life.

Alexandra Palt, CEO of the Fondation L’Oréal, stressed the urgency of enabling women scientists to be recognized for their work, stating, "Neither Africa nor the world can successfully respond to the environmental, societal, and health crises of our time by depriving itself of half of humanity."

Selected for their scientific excellence from 632 applicants by a distinguished jury of 10 members, the 30 awardees receive recognition and support that contribute to a fairer, more sustainable future by harnessing the full potential of women in science.

The annual event is part of the broader L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Young Talents programs, which, since 2000, have granted over 250 awards in more than 110 countries, empowering women scientists to pursue their careers and highlighting their crucial role in advancing scientific knowledge.

Article by RB Correspodent