LOOK: This program supports real-life Filipina scientists!

Sherry Tadeja
PUBLISHED June 6, 2018 02:28 pm | UPDATED June 6, 2018 02:56 pm

(Inside Manila) In a country and a job profession where patriarchy is ideal, there are real-life Filipina scientists who thrive in their own field and broke time-immemorial gender barriers. Yesterday, they were highlighted and recognized in the recently concluded L'Oréal-UNESCO "For Women in Science" ceremony.

Philippine Daily Inquirer Columnist, Ms. Rina Jimenez David, hosted the L'Oréal-UNESCO "For Women in Science" ceremony/Inside Manila

The L'Oréal-UNESCO "For Women in Science" is a brainchild program of the two sectors, founded in 1998, it aims to empower more women in the field of sciences by increasing the number of women in scientific research, promoting more young women to enter the profession, and to assist them once their careers are in progress.

Managing Director of L'Oréal Philippines' Mr. Thibault de Saint Victor talked about the brand's commitment to Science/Inside Manila

UNESCO Regional Science Bureau for Asia and the Pacific Prof. Shahbaz Khan talks about the L'Oréal-UNESCO partnership/Inside Manila

Moreover, the ceremony is a milestone for L'Oréal Philippines as the program celebrates its return in the country by awarding this year's FWIS National Fellow who is to receive a grant for her scientific research. The program's return strongly signifies the commitment of the brand to women empowerment and leadership in the Philippines.

This isn't the first time of L'Oréal to take responsible initiative as the brand is known for its "Beauty For A Better Life" program where both women and men from marginalized sectors were offered free training in hairdressing. Gender equality, on the other hand, is part of the UNESCO "Sustainable Development Goals".

The awardee

On its first year back, Dr. Charissa Ferrera, a Chemical Oceanographer at the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute (UP MSI), is awarded as this year's FWIS Philippine National Fellow.

The 2018 FWIS Philippine National Fellow was awarded to Dr. Charissa Ferrera/Inside Manila

Dr. Ferrera presented a relevant and timely research on the effects of the varying condition of selected coral reef areas in the Philippines. The Filipina scientist pushes for marine and environment sustainability.

Dr. Ferrera presents her research project in her acceptance speech/Inside Manila

"You just have to make the first step towards your dreams and never give up on your dreams. And it's usually the most difficult times that you really learn a lot. Those challenging times if you look at them as opportunities for growth then you are not very far from your goal,"

Distinguished women and past FWIS national and global awardees in different fields of science also shared their experiences as a woman scientist and being family-woman; wife, mother, and daughter.

(from left to right) Ms. Rina Jimenez David talks to Filipina scientists Dr. Didith Rodrigo, Dr. Marieta Sumagaysay, Dr. Laura David, and Dr. Alleta Yñiguez on the balancing work and family/Inside Manila

Recognizing—more so awarding women in science may mean more to some than what it presents, but envisioning gender equality in this gender-preferred profession highlights that women in science have the power to change the world.



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