Bangladeshi scientist Dr. Firdausi Qadri wins the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award (Asia-Pacific district) for her outstanding and effective contribution to eradicating infectious disease harming children and young people in developing countries. Her research and work promote quick diagnosis and vaccination with global health impact. It’s a great pride and joy as a Bangladeshi scientist and researcher to have this honor. Among Firdausi, there are four other scientists won this prestigious award for their regions.
As a senior researcher and scientist, Dr. Qadri works in the Mucosal Immunology and Vaccinology unit of the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease and Research in Dhaka, Bangladesh. A press release shows that she will be awarded one lakh euros for her contribution. The award-giving ceremony will be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 12 March 2020.
It has always been difficult for women scientists or researchers to come into focus. Research shows that women represent 29 percentage of researchers globally and unfortunately few of them recognized and honored. The foundation of L’Oréal-UNESCO worked the last 20 years to help and empower women researchers and scientists throughout the world. The world needs science, and science needs women- this is eventually the motivation that pushes L’Oréal and UNESCO to honor and support outstanding women researchers around the world. An example like Dr. Firdausi Qadri should also motivate and instigate Bangladeshi origin and especially women scientists to run towards success.
Every year since 1998 the L’Oréal-UNESCO authority awarded and glorified five women researchers from all regions of the world. Besides this award, the L’Oréal-UNESCO authority has also rewarded 3,300 skilled young women researchers, including doctoral and post-doctoral scientists, throughout 118 nations.