UNESCO and L’Oréal Foundation launch manifesto to promote gender parity in the sciences

A manifesto for women in science was launched at the close of L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science award ceremony that took place in Paris last month. The manifesto sets out to improve women’s access to science at all levels and in all disciplines.

The manifesto promotes a six-point agenda:

  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.

Over the past 18 years, the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme has been celebrating women scientists from all over the world.

Each year, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO distinguish five women researchers who are at the peak of their scientific careers as Laureates in recognition of their exceptional discoveries.

In the UK, L’Oréal UK & Ireland, in partnership with the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Royal Society, awards five post-doctoral level women in science with flexible financial aid, as well as science communications and media training, to support them to continue to pursue their research at a critical point in their career. The five UK & Ireland Fellows for 2016 will be announced at a ceremony at the Royal Society on 22 June.