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The first group of women graduates of the UNESCO Guerlain X UNESCO Women for Bees Program with Angelina Jolie

Paris (@ots/PRNewswire) The women of the first batch of the pioneering beekeeping program “Women for Bees” began their training on June 21 at OFA (French Observatory of Defense) in the hills of Saint Baume in Provence. This one-month training program enabled the participants to acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge of beekeeping required to establish and manage a sustainable beekeeping business. As new entrepreneurs, these women become members of a global community of beekeepers who, with their bee populations, enhance local biodiversity and impart their own knowledge.

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On the last day of their programme, the graduates discussed their work with UNHCR Special Envoy and Guerlain’s muse, Angelina Jolie. Angelina Jolie has worked in refugee and conservation work for twenty years and has seen firsthand the impact of environmental degradation on the safety of people and local communities. Your organization in Cambodia is committed to preserving tropical rainforests and wildlife at Samlot Sanctuary. She has funded girls’ schools for many years, including in Afghanistan and Kenya, and she firmly believes in the power of education and training for women who then pass on their skills to their communities. During her visit to OFA, she met the first batch of women who completed the Women For Bees programme. She will keep in touch through online meetings with beekeepers who will attend future iterations of the training but have not been able to travel to France this time due to the pandemic.

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Women for Bees creates an international network of beekeepers who can share their scientific knowledge and local expertise on the critical role that bees and pollination play in maintaining food security on our planet. It already includes beekeepers from Europe and will be expanded to China, Russia, Cambodia, Ethiopia and many other countries in the next five years until 2025.

“We envision a future without bees as science fiction, but bee numbers are declining all over the world due to human activity. The consequences for our food supply, for biodiversity, if we continue down this path are the end of the world. When I started with Guerlain’s work, we talked a lot about bees, And then we really started talking about what we can do to improve the situation – what we can do for both bees and women. This global fraternity with this Women for Bees program is very exciting.” Angelina Jolie

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