The epic struggle for gender equality in almost all countries of the world is well recognized and acknowledged. For centuries, women were considered inferior to women or as second-class citizens until recently. Strangely enough, very young girls never attended public elementary schools and even when they admitted, they were made to attend a segregated school facility. Gender equality in education is a basic right and a prerequisite to building inclusive societies. Although notable progress has been made over the last 20 years, 16 million girls will never set foot in a classroom (UNESCO Institute for Statistics).
The UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education honors 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.
Funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the Prize has 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. The Director-General of UNESCO awarded the Prize for the first time in 2016.
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).
Selection Criteria: The project/program of the nominee will be assessed by the Jury based on these:
- An award of USD 50,000 each to help further their work in the area of girls’ and women’s education.
- Prize directly contributes to the attainment of the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda, particularly SDG goals 4 on education and 5 on gender equality.
- Promotion of the right to education of women.
- Showcase leadership roles 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).
The nominations will only be considered if the project/program:
- 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
- Nominations must be submitted online in English or French by the Permanent Delegation to UNESCO of the concerned Member State, or by an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO.
- Permanent Delegations to UNESCO and NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO may access the online submissions platform through their official UNESCO account using the following link: http://unesco.org/gwe.
- Nominations must be submitted via the online platform by the concerned Permanent Delegations to UNESCO or NGOs by midnight of 26 May 2020 (UTC+1, Paris time). Kindly note that each Permanent Delegation or NGO may not submit more than three nominations. Any additional nominations will not be taken into consideration.
- Attention should be paid to presenting the project/program of the candidate in a clear and structured way, following the instructions given in the form and respecting the indicated word limit. All supporting material (e.g. action plans, publications, videos) must be transmitted electronically through the online system.
Application Deadline: May 26, 2020Application ClosedOfficial link