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.
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.
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.