2021 UNESCO Girls and Women Education Prize


UNESCO will soon announce  for nominations for the 2021 Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education

This is an opportunity to mark the contributions of various organizations, institutions, or individuals to the education of women and girls.

Libraries of course often work to offer various learning opportunities, and library projects that focus on women and girls’ education and learning could be eligible for a nomination! According to the announcement, a project needs to meet the following 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:


How to Win the Prize

  1. Participation
  2. Supporting girls to transition from primary education to lower-secondary education and to complete full basic education
  3. Literacy
  4. Supporting adolescent girls and young women to acquire literacy skills
  5. Environment
  6. Supporting the creation of a gender-responsive and safe teaching-learning environment
  7. Teachers
  8. Engaging teachers to be change agents with gender-responsive teaching attitudes and practices
  9. 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”

Furthermore, it is good if a project is able to show qualitatively or quantitatively measurable impacts – a change in attitudes, beliefs or practices; girls’ participation in education or their learning outcomes, or removing existing barriers to education – as well as innovation and sustainability. You can find out more about the nomination here: https://en.unesco.org/sites/default/files/gwe_prize_explanatory_note.pdf#page=2

Education transforms lives and is at the heart of UNESCO’s mission to build peace, eradicate poverty and drive sustainable development.


UNESCO believes that education is a human right for all throughout life and that access must be matched by quality. The Organization is the only United Nations agency with a mandate to cover all aspects of education. It has been entrusted to lead the Global Education 2030 Agenda through Sustainable Development Goal 4. The roadmap to achieve this is the Education 2030 Framework for Action (FFA).

UNESCO provides global and regional leadership in education, strengthens education systems worldwide and responds to contemporary global challenges through education with gender equality an underlying principle.

Its work encompasses educational development from pre-school to higher education and beyond. Themes include global citizenship and sustainable development, human rights and gender equality, health and HIV and AIDS, as well as technical and vocational skills development.

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