UNESCO Prize 2016 for girls’ and women’s education


This annual Prize honors outstanding innovations and 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, improve the quality of their lives. Established in 2015 by UNESCO’s Executive Board, the Prize will contribute to the attainment of the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda, particularly SDG goals 4 on education and 5 on gender equality. It will also support UNESCO’s global priorities included in the Medium-term Strategy 2014-2021 and the Gender Equality Action Plan 2014-2021 (GEAP II).

Supported by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the Prize is conferred on two laureates who will be awarded with USD 50,000 each, this is to recognize their exceptional contributions and support their work in advancing education for girls and women.

The laureates will be selected by the Director-General of UNESCO on the basis of the recommendations made by an International Jury; the jury will be composed of five experts in the area of girls’ and women’s education. The Prize will be awarded for the first time at an official ceremony to be held in June 2016 in Beijing, China in the presence of the First Lady of China and UNESCO Special Envoy for the Advancement of Girls’ and Women’s Education, Ms Peng Liyuan, and UNESCO Director-General.

The call for nominations for the first edition (2016) of the Prize is now open. Member States and non-governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO are invited to solicit, nominate and submit candidatures for the Prize. Self-nominations will not be considered. Prices may be conferred on individuals, institutions or non-governmental organizations. Eligible candidate must have made outstanding innovations and significant contributions to supporting and promoting girls’ and women’s education in the following areas; Creating gender-responsive and save teaching-learning environments free of school-related gender-based violence,  developing gender responsive teaching attitudes and practice among teachers, and impacting knowledge and skills  to help their smooth transition to work and live a meaningful life. Application is will be accepted till 20th of April 2016, any submission after this date will not be considered.

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