The UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education rewards outstanding practices of individuals, institutions 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).
On 8 March, International Women’s Day, UNESCO has launched the call for nominations for the 2019 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education. Funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the Prize annually awards US$ 50,000 to two outstanding laureates to help further their work.
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.
Interested candidates meeting the selection criteria are invited to contact their Permanent Delegations to UNESCO, National Commissions for UNESCO or NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO to participate. The nomination process takes place via an online platform, accessible to UNESCO Member States and NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO. Deadline to submit nominations is 28 May 2019 (midnight, Paris time).
Further information on the Prize and the nomination process are available here: http://on.unesco.org/gweprize.