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“For women in science” Maghreb awards 5 women scientists

The ceremony of the fourth edition of the program “For Women in Science Maghreb” was held yesterday, in Casablanca. 5 amazing women (2 Moroccans, 2 Tunisians, and 1 Algerian) were granted 10 000 euros each.

L’Oréal-UNESCO’s program “For Women and Science in the Maghreb” is celebrating its 11th edition this year, and its fourth Maghreb edition. The ceremony, held on November 9 at the French Institute of Casablanca, was organized in the presence of Philippe Rafaray, Director General L’Oréal Morocco, Karim Hendili, UNESCO’s Programme Specialist for Culture and several other big names in the field.

The 5 Maghreb winners are Hanaa Zbagh (Abdelmalek Essaâdi University, Tetouan), Fatima Zahra Idrissi Janati (Hassan II Agricultural and Food Institute, Rabat), Amel Benanes (Manouba, Tunisia), Ibtissem Guefrachi (Gabès/University of Paris-Sud, Tunisia), and Nawal Zaatout (Algeria). They were awarded for their excellence and their scientific contributions in various fields

“These L’Oréal scholarships are designed to encourage women, who are still a minority in scientific realms,” says L’Oréal. The L’Oréal Foundation continues to activate so that researchers can have all the means to shine in the scientific field. In this sense, L’Oréal and UNESCO launched, last year, the manifesto For Women and Science which aims to raise  the general public’s awareness about this cause.

A total of 57 women scientists have benefited from L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women and Science Maghreb scholarships.