The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has launched the call for nominations for the 2021 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education.
The UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education honours outstanding and innovative contributions made by individuals, institutions and organizations to advance girls’ and women’s education. It is the first UNESCO Prize of this nature and is unique in showcasing successful projects that improve and promote the educational prospects of girls and women and in turn, the quality of their lives.
Established by UNESCO’s Executive Board, the Prize directly contributes to the attainment of the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda, particularly SDG 4 on education and 5 on gender equality.
It also supports UNESCO’s global priorities included in the Medium-term Strategy 2014-2021 and the Gender Equality Action Plan 2014-2021 (GEAP II), as well as the UNESCO Strategy for Gender Equality in and through Education (2019-2025).
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 Director-General of UNESCO awarded the Prize for the first time in 2016.
Five priority areas of the Prize:
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1. Governments of UNESCO Member States and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO can nominate up to three individuals, institutions or organizations who have made strong, innovative contributions in favour of girls’ and women’s education;
2. The nominations will only be considered if the project / programme:
a) 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;
b) has already been running for at least two years; and
c) shows evidence that it may be replicable, scalable and / or provide significant learning potential for initiatives in other contexts.
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 Prize is conferred annually to two laureates and consists of an award of US $50,000 each to help further their work in the area of girls’ and women’s education.
Deadline for submissions is 26 May 2021 at midnight, Paris time.
An independent International Jury of five experts will assess nominations on the basis of the project’s potential for impact, innovation and sustainability.
For more information, please visit https://en.unesco.org/news/2021-unesco-prize-girls-and-womens-education-...