2021 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education | $50,000 Prize

2021 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education | $50,000 Prize


May 26, 2021    
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On International Women’s Day, UNESCO launches the call for nominations for the 2021 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education. The Prize awards US$ 50,000 annually to two laureates making outstanding efforts in favour of girls’ and women’s education.

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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and in a context where girls and women have been disproportionately impacted by nationwide school closures, ensuring that girls and women continue learning must be a priority. UNESCO estimates that over 11 million girls and young women may not return to school following the impact of the pandemic. This is in addition to the 128 million girls who were already out of school before the pandemic.

The Prize is more significant in these challenging times than ever before. Highlighting innovations that can help us foster an equal future is key to responding to global challenges around girls’ and women’s education. Read about the nomination process below.


Governments of UNESCO Member States and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO are now invited to nominate up to three individuals, institutions or organizations who have made strong, innovative contributions in favour of girls’ and women’s education.

Interested candidates are invited to contact their country’s National Commission for UNESCO/Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, or an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO for more information.


The two  Prize laureates  will be selected by  UNESCO’s  Director‐General on the basis of recommendations made by the independent  International  Jury of the  UNESCO  Prize for  Girls’  and  Women’s Education, consisting of five experts from all geographical regions.

The nominations will only be considered if the project/program:

  • has a clear focus on advancing girls’ and women’s education, and  the promotion of gender  equality in and through education, and contributes to one or more of the five priority areas of the Prize:
  • Participation: Supporting girls to transition from primary education to lower‐secondary education and to complete full basic education
  • 2. Literacy: Supporting adolescent girls and young women to acquire literacy skills
  • 3. Environment: Supporting the creation of a gender‐responsive and safe teaching‐learning   environment
  • 4. Teachers:  Engaging teachers to be change agents with gender‐responsive teaching attitudes and practices
  • 5. Skills: Supporting girls and women to acquire knowledge/skills for life and work  has already been running for at least two years; and  shows evidence that it may be replicable, scalable, and/or provide significant learning potential  for initiatives in other contexts
  • Once it has passed the basic eligibility requirements, the project/program of the candidate will be  assessed by the Jury based on the following three criteria:

Selection Process

  1. Nominations must be submitted online in English or French by the Permanent Delegation to  UNESCO of the concerned Member State, or by an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO.
  2. Permanent Delegations to UNESCO may access the online submissions platform through their official UNESCO account using the following link: http://unesco.org/gwe.
  3. NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO can request access to the platform via the  following link: http://www.unesco.org/gwe‐ngo.
  4. It is possible for National Commissions for UNESCO to access and complete the online form.  However, any nomination by a National Commission will need to be submitted by the  Permanent Delegation to UNESCO of the respective Member State. An automatic notification message confirming the submission will be sent to the official e‐mail address of the  Delegation.
  5. If a National Commission or Permanent Delegation to UNESCO wishes that the candidate complete the online nomination form directly, UNESCO can create an account for each candidate. A request should be sent to [email protected] by the National Commission or Permanent Delegation before 20 May 2021. After completion of the online form by the candidate, the concerned National Commission and Permanent Delegation will receive a  notification e‐mail and can review the nomination before the Permanent Delegation submits it to UNESCO.
  6. Attention should be paid to presenting the project/program of the candidate in a clear and structured way, following the instructions given in the form, and respecting the indicated word limit. All supporting material (e.g. action plans, publications, videos) must be transmitted electronically through the online system.
  7. Nominations must be submitted via the online platform by the concerned Permanent  Delegations to UNESCO or NGOs by midnight of 26 May 2021(UTC+1, Paris time). Kindly note  that each Permanent Delegation or NGO may not submit more than three nominations. Any  additional nominations will not be taken into consideration.

For any question regarding the UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education or the submission  process, please contact the Secretariat of the Prize at the Section of Education for Inclusion and  Gender Equality at UNESCO: Tel: +33 (0) 1 45 68 11 34 / 10 08; e‐mail: [email protected].

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How to Apply

Nominations are meant to be by filling the Nomination Form. The form is for information purposes only. The nomination form must be completed online in English or French via a platform accessible through the UNESCO  website using the button below. Submissions using the paper version will not be accepted.

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