The 2021 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education was launched on International Women’s Day to cal for nominations.
The Prize awards US$ 50,000 annually to two laureates making outstanding efforts in favor of girls’ and women’s education.
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.
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 can get nominated?
Individuals, institutions or organizations advancing girls’ and women’s education. Nominations must focus on an established project or programme of the candidate, which has been running for at least two years.
Eligibility for nomination
Nominations must meet the eligibility and selection criteria set by the Prize.
Nominated projects must be established and running for at least two years, show potential to be replicable and scalable, and contribute to one or more of the priority areas of the Prize.
An independent International Jury of five experts will assess nominations on the basis of the project’s potential for impact, innovation and sustainability.
Who can nominate?
Governments of UNESCO Member States via their Permanent Delegations to UNESCO and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO can make up to 3 nominations. Self-nominations are not accepted.
How to nominate?
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.
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.
Submission of nominations online is open till Wednesday, March 26, 2021
Announcement of the UNESCO Prize laureates in September
Price ceremony for the UNESCO Prize award on Monday, October 11, 2021
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