2019 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education #GWEPrize

Deadline: May 28, 2019.

On International Women’s Day, UNESCO has launched the call for nominations for the 2019 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education.

Gender equality in education is a basic right and a prerequisite to build 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 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.

Funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the Prize is conferred annually to two laureates and consists of an award of USD 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.



1. Governments of UNESCO Member States and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO are now invited to nominate up to three individuals, institutions or organizations who have made strong contributions in favour of girls’ and women’s education.

2. Individuals, institutions or organizations having effectively contributed to the advancement of girls’ and women’s education. Nominations must focus on an established project or programme of the nominee, which has been running for at least two years, and  meets the selection criteria.



The Prize annually awards US$ 50,000 to two outstanding laureates.



(1) The nomination form must be completed online in English or French via a platform accessible through the UNESCO website under the following link: http://unesco.org/gwe.

(2) Nominations must be submitted online by the Permanent Delegation to UNESCO of the concerned Member State, or by an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO, through their official UNESTEAMS account.

(3) 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 message will be sent to the official e-mail address of the Delegation to this end.

(4) If a National Commission or Permanent Delegation to UNESCO wishes that the form be completed electronically by the nominees, UNESCO can create a UNESTEAMS account for each nominee. A request should be sent to GWEPrize@unesco.org(link sends e-mail) before 20 May 2019. After completion of the online form by the nominee, the concerned National Commission and Permanent Delegation will receive a notification e-mail and can review the nomination before the Permanent Delegation submits to UNESCO.

(5) Attention should be paid to presenting the project/programme of the nominee 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.

(6) Nominations must be submitted via the online platform by the concerned Permanent Delegations to UNESCO or NGO by midnight of 28 May 2019 (UTC+1, Paris time).Kindly note that each Permanent Delegation or NGO may not submit more than three nominations.




champions of girls’ and women’s education for the 2019 UNESCO #GWEPrize

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