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L’Oréal Foundation x UNESCO: 20 years, more than 3,000 women researchers and 3 Nobel Prizes

For more than 20 years, UNESCO and the L’Oréal Foundation have been working together to highlight women’s contribution to science around the world. Audrey Azoulay, the Director General of UNESCO and France’s former Minister of Culture, explains how she plans to make the ‘S’ in ‘UNESCO’ (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) more open to women.

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Making men more aware, to make science more feminine

Professor Cédric Villani, a mathematician at the Université Claude-Bernard Lyon 1, a member of France’s National Assembly for the LREM party and a former director of the Institut Poincaré, is among the men who are committed to supporting women in science. Faced with the vast over-representation of men in scientific disciplines, this Fields medal winner is actively campaigning to end the male domination of science.

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‘For Women in Science’ – 20 years on, the battle continues, but now with support from men

Faced with an unprecedented set of challenges, the world needs science as never before. And science needs women. To mark the 20th anniversary of the ‘For Women in Science’ programme, Alexandra Palt, Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, Executive Vice President of the L’Oréal Foundation, tells us how the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO are continuing the struggle that began 20 years ago to promote women in science.

In Action

Doing beauty business to escape from exclusion: a new initiative from French NGO Apprentis d’Auteuil and the L’Oréal Foundation

Apprentis d’Auteuil has been working to support families and the youth in need since 1866. This month, by joining forces with the L’Oréal Foundation, it is launching a training programme that will give underprivileged people a fresh start in the beauty business.

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Learning to become a cook and the “chef” of your own life

Two-Michelin-starred chef and long-time judge on France’s Top Chef show, Thierry Marx also offers short and free culinary classes to help poverty stricken individuals get back into the workforce. Taking a break between services, he lets us in on his recipe for success.

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Beauty For A Better Life: beauty training as a lever to returning to work

Since its creation by the L’Oréal Foundation, the Beauty For a Better Life programme has helped almost 10,000 marginalized people worldwide to reintegrate society. Deputy CEO of the Foundation Florence Lafragette tells us more.

In Action

Story of a female Nobel Laureate

It is 8:00 am Pacific time and Elizabeth Blackburn, Nobel Laureate and President of the jury for the 2016 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science (FWIS) awards, which she won in 2008, takes time out to speak to us about the place of women in science.

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Getting more women into science: Interview with the President of the French Academy of Sciences

Eminent biologist, former head of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and President of France’s Academy of Sciences, Professor Bernard Meunier is not interested in gender when it comes to science, only in excellence. In this interview he speaks about the past, present and future position of women in science.

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For Women In Science: promoting scientific role models

Through the For Women In Science (FWIS) programme, L‘Oréal Foundation hopes to offer a new generation of female role models to the scientists of the future. David Macdonald, Philanthropy Director for Women in Science at the Foundation explains how to raise the profile of successful women scientists.