L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science: Advancing Women Participation in ScienceBy Elsa Toar - Nov 15, 2016
Four remarkable Indonesian female scientists received National Fellowship Awards For Women in Science (FWIS) 2016 from L’Oreal Indonesia in collaboration with Komisi Nasional Indonesia untuk UNESCO (KNIU Kemdikbud) (3/11). These awardees will receive IDR 80.000.000 to fund their research. The four bright women are Dr. nat. tech. Andriati Ningrum, STP, M.Agr and Dr. Azzania Fibriani, M.Si. for Life Science category, and M.Sc, Fitri Khoerunnisa, Ph.D and Dr. Yenny Meliana for Material Sciences, Engineering and Mathematics category.
This year is the 13th year for L’Oreal and KNIU Indonesia to held FWIS. This shows L’Oreal and KNIU’s commitment to advance female involvement in science. Chairman of KNIU Kemendikbud Prof. Dr. Arief Rachman stated that educating one woman equals educating a whole generation. Yet, female participation in science is still very limited and the gender equality is very high. In fact, the percentage of wome scientists in Indonesia has reached only 30% of the population. Rachman is concerned that science is still perceived as an unfriendly field for women. This results in the lack of recognition towards women participation in science. Rachman, on behalf of the Minister of Education and Culture Republik Indonesia, said that it is our task to open more access to education for women in order to have more women scientist in Indonesia.
Rachman’s statement is agreed by the President Director of L’Oreal Indonesia Umesh Phadke. He quoted L’Oreal CEO and Chairman Mr. Jean-Paul Agon who said that female in science is like a torch: you shouldn’t only light the fire but also keep the fire from going out. Up until this year, L’Oreal Indonesia has given awards to 45 female scientists, which 5 of them have received international recognition.
Other than delivering awards for four wonderful Indonesian female scientists, L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women In Science and Akademi Ilmuwan Muda Indonesia (ALMI) also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support activities that are related to research, education, and community service. This marks both sides’ efforts in strengthening their commitment to advance science in Indonesia.