UNESCO Prize for Girls and Women Education Projects 2020

Date limite : 26 mai 2020

Organisation à but non lucratif: UNESCO

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UNESCO Prize for Girls and Women Education Projects 2020

On International Women’s Day, UNESCO launched the call for nominations for the 2020 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education. The Prize awards US$ 50,000 annually to two laureates making outstanding efforts in favor of 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 from 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).

Who Can Submit Nominations?

Nominations can be made by Governments of UNESCO Member States via their Permanent Delegations to UNESCO, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO. Nominations must focus on an established project or program of the candidate 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.

Nominations Acceptance Terms:

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.

Selection Criteria:

The project/program of the candidate will be assessed by the Jury based on the following three criteria:


The project/program’s impact should be qualitatively and/or quantitatively measurable and deliver tangible results relative to the invested resources. This can include demonstrable changes in:

  • attitudes, beliefs, and practices in favor of girls’ and women’s education;
  • girls’ educational participation, attendance, completion and learning outcomes; and/or
  • removing barriers to girls’ and women’s education, such as gender bias and stereotypes.


The project/program can demonstrate innovation in terms of:

  • the themes covered;
  • the methodology employed;
  • the channels used to create change for girls’ and women’s education;
  • the specific knowledge mobilized about gender-related aspects of girls' and women's education in order to elaborate on innovative solutions; and/or
  • other aspects, such as tools and products advancing girls’ and women’s education.


The project/program has taken steps, ideally from its design or implementation phases, to ensure it will have a lasting impact on girls’ and women’s education beyond the project lifecycle. This may include efforts to ensure the:

  • continuation of local action in favor of girls’ and women’s education;
  • institutionalization of approaches, tools, and products, to advance girls’ and women’s education;
  • sustainable ways to ensure stakeholders’ mobilization; and/or
  • generation of further initiatives to advance girls’ and women’s education as a result of the project/program.

Submission Procedure:

  • 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 
  • It is possible for National Commissions for UNESCO to access and complete the online form. However, any nomination by a National Commission will need to be submitted by the Permanent Delegation to UNESCO of the respective Member State. An automatic notification a message confirming the submission will be sent to the official e-mail address of the Delegation.
  • If a National Commission or Permanent Delegation to UNESCO wishes that the candidate completes the online nomination form directly, UNESCO can create an account for each candidate. A request should be sent to GWEPrize@unesco.org by the National Commission or Permanent Delegation before 20 May 2019. After completion of the online form by the candidate, the concerned National Commission and Permanent Delegation will receive a notification e-mail and can review the nomination before the Permanent Delegation submits it to UNESCO.
  • 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.


United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) based in Paris. Founded in 1945. Its declared purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through educational, scientific, and cultural reforms in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the United Nations Charter. UNESCO pursues its objectives through five major programs: education, natural sciences, social/human sciences, culture and communication/information.

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