Applications Invited For 2019 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education

Applications Invited For 2019 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education

Organization: UNESCO

Event Duration: 01 Jun. 2019 - 11 Oct. 2019

Apply By: 28 May 2019

Organization and Award:

The UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education rewards outstanding practices of individuals, institutions and other entities or non-governmental organizations advancing 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 by 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 National Commissions for UNESCO, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO. Nominations must focus on an established project or programme of the nominee 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.

Selection Criteria:

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:
  • Participation: Supporting girls to transition from primary education to lower-secondary education and to complete full basic education
  • Literacy: Supporting adolescent girls and young women to acquire literacy skills
  • Environment: Supporting the creation of a gender-responsive and safe teaching-learning environment
  • Teachers: Engaging teachers to be change agents with gender-responsive teaching attitudes and practices
  • 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/programme of the nominee will be assessed by the Jury based on the following three criteria:

  • Impact
  • Innovation
  • Sustainability

Submission Procedure:

The nomination form must be completed online in English or French via a platform accessible through the UNESCO website under the following link: http://unesco.org/gwe  before 28 May 2019.

Application Deadline: 28th May ;  2019

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