By Monday Ijeh
The L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Sub-Sahara Africa Regional Fellowship, a foundation committed toward empowering women in science, says it has honoured 2,500 researchers from 112 countries.
The organisation said this in a statement issued by its Managing Director, Sandeep Rai in Abuja on Thursday.
Rai stated that the various discoveries by the beneficiaries of the foundation had impacted on their lives, offering new solutions and answering vital questions around the world.
She said the ground breaking innovation of the honoured researchers had also advanced the entire fields of research and even opened new ones.
She added that the fellow’s work and research had contributed to curing many diseases, increasing food supplies and enabled sustainable development.
She noted that “our changing world has never been in greater need of women and their discoveries.
“L’Oreal Foundation is committed to promoting these women in science who will change the world.
“We are determined to fight for science and to build a more beautiful world together.”
Rai said that as part of the organisation’s programme, 14 female scientists from across Sub-Saharan Africa have been honoured for their work and impact in the scientific field.
She added the 2016 applications were received from 26 countries, adding that it was in confirmation of the increasing awareness of the programme.
She noted that it was also in confirmation of the commitment of the fellowship to advance women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).