With the conviction that the world needs science and science needs women, the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO host the #ForWomenInScience festival to recognize the contributions of women in the scientific community. Each year they invite 40 brilliant female researchers from different parts of the world, and this year our founder and president, Sara Inés Lara, was chosen as one of 5 representatives from South America. These 40 female innovators were part of last Tuesday’s virtual event, sharing their inspiring stories about how they are changing the world through their love for science, research and the environment.
Thanks to her hard work, resilience, and incredible passion for women’s empowerment, Sara has managed to bridge gender gaps in the conservation sector and has become an example for generations to come. Under her leadership, ProAves and Women for Conservation have empowered rural women in the buffer zones of ProAves’ Reserves to become guardians of conservation, and undertake the important challenge of protecting the natural environment.
“The planet is being devastated, and the world’s most biodiverse ecosystems are in great danger of disappearing. Today, more than ever, nature needs women. Our ability to manage and protect natural resources is a solution that has yet to be discovered. This is why it is time for women to raise their voices and be heard.” said Sara.
Despite the immense obstacles and disparities that women face daily while protecting nature, their strength and determination have increasingly made them the voice of hope for conservation. When women are empowered, all people and the natural environment benefit, which is why women’s empowerment is central to the work we do.
We thank the L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO for highlighting the incredible work of women in science, and working towards a more inclusive future.