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2021 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ & Women’s Education

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted April 12, 2021 from Brazil
Expires on May 25, 2021
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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:
• Participation;
• Literacy;
• Environment;
• Teachers;
• Skills.

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Eligibility Criteria:
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-...

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 12
Apr 12

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you, in order to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start now!!!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resources section!
Best,
Ana Isabel

Ujunice
Apr 12
Apr 12

Am interested

Jill Langhus
Apr 14
Apr 14

Thanks, Ana.