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2020 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education

Nominations now accepted

08 Mar 2020

Just launched: the 2020 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education. Do you know an individual or organisation empowering girls and women through education? Learn how to nominate them for this year’s prize.

On International Women’s Day UNESCO has launched a call for nominations for the 2020 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education. Established in 2015 and funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the annual prize honours outstanding and innovative approaches to advancing girls’ and women’s education. Two laureates will be awarded US $50,000 each in recognition of their work progress education. 


Governments of UNESCO member states and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO are invited to nominate up to three individuals, institutions or organisations who have made outstanding, innovative contributions to promoting girls’ and women’s education.

Interested candidates are invited to contact their country’s permanent delegation to UNESCO, or an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO for more information.


Nominations are required to meet the criteria set out by the prize. To be eligible, projects must have been running for at least two years, show potential for replicability and scalability, and contribute to one or more of the priority areas of the prize. An independent international jury of five experts will assess nominations on the basis of the project’s potential for impact, innovation and sustainability.

To learn more, consult the selection process webpage for the prize.


The submissions deadline is 26 May 2020 (midnight, Paris time).

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Nominations must be submitted in English or French through an online platform, accessible only to permanent delegations and NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO.

Based on the recommendations of the jury, the Director-General of UNESCO will announce the 2020 laureates who will receive their awards at a ceremony on 11 October 2020 as part of International Day of the Girl Child celebrations.

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