UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education

The call for nominations is open for the 2023 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education.

Educating a girl is one of the best investments her family, community, and country can make. Educated girls are more likely to be healthier, better paid in the workplace, and more empowered to participate in social, economic, civic, and political affairs. This transformative effect contributes to a better world for us all.

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.

Benefits: an award of US $50,000


Individuals, institutions, or organizations advancing girls’ and women’s education are eligible for nomination.

Selection Criteria

The nominations will only be considered if the project/programme:

  • has a clear focus on advancing girls’ and women’s education, 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 at the time of nomination (for example a project nominated in 2023 must have been active since May 2021)
  • shows evidence that it may be replicable, scalable, and/or provide significant learning
  • potential for initiatives in other contexts
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  • 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.
  • It must focus on an established project or program designed to advance 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.

Application Process

  • Nominations must be submitted online in English or French by the nominating entity (Permanent Delegation to UNESCO of the concerned Member State, or by an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO).
  • Permanent Delegations to UNESCO may access the online submissions platform through their official UNESCO account using the following link: http://unesco.org/gwe.
  • NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO can request access to the platform by contacting the Secretariat at GWEPrize@unesco.org. 
  • If a nominating entity wishes that the candidate complete the online nomination form directly, UNESCO can create an account for each candidate.
  • Attention should be paid to presenting thprogram/programme of the candidate in a clear and structured way, following the instructions given in the form, and respecting the indicated character limits.
  • All supporting material (e.g. action plans, publications, videos) must be attached and transmitted electronically through the online system.
  • Nominations must be submitted and validated via the online platform by the concerned Permanent Delegations to UNESCO or NGO in official partnership with UNESCO

To apply for the UNESCO Prize for Girls and Women’s Education, click here.

Deadline: May 19, 2023.

For more information UNESCO Prize for Girls and Women’s Education, visit the official site.

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