L’Oréal-UNESCO’s program “For Women and Science in the Maghreb” is celebrating its 13th edition this year, and its 6th Maghreb edition. The ceremony, held on December 16th at the French Institute of Casablanca, was organized in the presence of several big names in the field.
The 5 winners are Laila El Ghazouani, (the National School of Architecture, Rabat, Morocco), Hanan Arahmane (Mohammed V University Rabat, Morocco), Soumicha Mahdjour(the University of Mascara, Algeria), Leïla Nasraoui (University of Carthage Ariana, Tunisia), and Randa Sghaier (Monastir Sousse University, Tunisia). They were awarded for their excellence and their scientific contributions in various fields namely environmental sciences and exact sciences.
“The purpose of these L’Oréal-UNESCO scholarships is to distinguish these young women for the quality of their research, to help them and encourage them to pursue a brilliant career in science,” the L’Oréal Foundation said in a statement.
“Today, as we celebrate the scientific excellence of the 2019 Maghreb Fellows of the For Women In Science Award, it must be borne in mind that much remains to be done to achieve true equality in the scientific world”. the foundation continued, “The L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO remain determined to make unremitting progress towards the realization of this vision, firmly convinced that one day we will live in a world where girls will be encouraged to study science, where women will benefit from adequate support to balance their responsibilities both as researchers and as mothers (…) Because the world needs science and science needs women.”