L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science 2016
On 28 September 2016, Ambassador of France to South Africa HE Elisabeth Barbier attended the 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Fellowships PHD Fellows awards in Sandton.
Fourteen female scientists from Southern Africa were awarded research bursaries from the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme (5000€ each for 12 PhD students and 10 000€ each for two post-doctoral students).
Since 1998, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme has honoured 92 distinguished laureates and supported 2 438 greatly talented women for their outstanding accomplishments that contribute to making the world a better place.
Present at the event was 2016 laureate, Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim (Associate Scientific Director: CAPRISA, PI: CAPRISA Clinical Trials Unit, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology Columbia University and Honorary Professor in Public Health, University of KwaZulu-Natal), who was one of five women recognised globally from each of the following regions: Africa and the Arab States, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and North America.
Professor Abdool Karim was chosen from the Africa & Arab States region for her remarkable contribution to the prevention and treatment of HIV and associated infections, greatly improving the quality of life of women in Africa.
Also present at the event was jury president Professor Jill Farrant, director of UNESCO ANSTI Dr Peggy Oti-Boateng, L’Oréal South Africa country manager Mr Sandeep Rai and director general of the South African Department of Science and Technology Dr. Phil Mjwara.
In her speech Ambassador Barbier said: “Female scientists are responsible for major discoveries and breakthroughs for mankind such the first image of the DNA molecule, the first cultivation techniques of stem cells, the discovery of pulsars that revolutionized astronomy, the discovery of chromosome 17 that proved responsible for many hereditary cancers, and so many others. The remarkable work done by women scientists like those profiled here provides evidence that we are moving in the right direction and I hope the work done by the L’Oreal Foundation will only grow from strength to strength”.