Mexico City, C40 and L’Oréal call for women climate heroes to apply for the Women4Climate initiative

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Mexico City to host North America’s first Women4Climate Mentorship programme. Women from NGOs, business, politics, media and community groups have until January 8th  to apply for unique mentoring opportunity.

Mexico City, Mexico (07 November 2017) — Applications are now open to join the C40 Women4Climate Mentorship Programme in Mexico City, supported by L’Oréal. The scheme will support a select group of 10 young women – the Women4Climate Brigade - to become the next generation of climate heroes. Applications can be submitted online at: http://www.c40.org/women4climate

The Women4Climate Mentorship Programme will match mayors, committed leaders from the business sector, international organizations and civil society with emerging women leaders. Each woman selected for the scheme will receive training that highlights skills development, addresses barriers, and inspires deeper engagement with climate change.  

The mentors will share their knowledge and experiences, supporting the members Women4Climate Brigade in Mexico City to become powerful leaders in their chosen field, including politics, NGOs, business, media, and community groups. The successful candidates will be announced in February, before the second annual C40 Women4Climate Conference takes place in Mexico City on 26th February 2018.

“We know that climate change disproportionately impacts women,” said Miguel Ángel Mancera, Mayor of Mexico City. “I am committed to supporting the next generation of young Mexican women leaders in imagining innovative actions for our planet. I look forward to meeting these inspiring future leaders at the C40 Women4Climate conference in February, here in Mexico City.”

Full details of how to apply to the Women4Climate Mentorship Programme can be found here. Applications are open to individuals, may they be startupers, researchers, students, activists or NGO leaders. The closing date for submission of applications is January 8th 2018.

Mexico City is the first city in North America to launch a C40 Women4Climate Mentorship Programme. The scheme was first launched in Paris and more cities such as Cape Town (South Africa) plan to initiate their programme soon. By 2020, Anne Hidalgo, C40 Chair and Mayor of Paris, aims to have empowered 500 young women around the world.  

L’Oréal is the founding partner of the Women4Climate initiative, and has committed to the success of the mentorship programme by leveraging its own women leaders to participate in the scheme. 

“Women will play a critical role in tackling climate change. At L’Oréal we consider it is our responsibility to empower and support them”, said Alexandra Palt, L’Oréal’s Chief Sustainability Officer. “Sometimes young women as qualified and as brilliant as young men need to increase self-confidence or networking abilities and to understand how to lead as a woman. This is not something you learn in books. Being mentored by women with experience and in leadership position is an extraordinary opportunity for young women to accelerate the development of their project and to articulate their ambitions.”  

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About the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group 
C40 Cities connects more than 90 of the world’s greatest cities, representing 650+ million people and one quarter of the global economy. Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens. The current chair of the C40 is Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo; and three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board. C40’s work is made possible by our three strategic funders: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), and Realdania. To learn more about the work of C40 and our cities, please visit www.c40.org, follow us on Twitter @c40cities or Instagram @c40cities and like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/C40Cities.  

About L’Oréal 
L’Oréal has devoted itself to beauty for over 100 years. With its unique international portfolio of 34 diverse and complementary brands, the Group generated sales amounting to 25.8 billion euros in 2016 and employs 89,300 people worldwide. As the world’s leading beauty company, L’Oréal is present across all distribution networks: mass market, department stores, pharmacies and drugstores, hair salons, travel retail, branded retail and e-commerce. Research and innovation, and a dedicated research team of 3,870 people, are at the core of L’Oréal’s strategy, working to meet beauty aspirations all over the world. L’Oréal’s sustainability commitment for 2020 “Sharing Beauty With All” sets out ambitious sustainable development objectives across the Group’s value chain: www.sharingbeautywithall.loreal.com. 

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