UNESCO launched the call for nominations for the 2020 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.

The Prize was established by the Executive Board of UNESCO at its 197th session, and launched in 2016 with generous support from the government of the People’s Republic of China. The Prize contributes to two Sustainable Development Goals: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” (Goal 4) and “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” (Goal 5).


Nominations can be made by Governments of UNESCO Member States via their Permanent Delegations to UNESCO, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO. Nominations must focus on an established project or programme of the candidate specifically advancing girls’ and women’s education. Each Permanent Delegation or NGO can make up to three nominations for any edition of the Prize. Self-nominations are not accepted. See submission procedure below.

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/programme:

  • 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:
  1. 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

Deadline: 26th May, 2020

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