Call for nominations: 2016 UNESCO Prize for girls’ and women’s education

On International Women’s Day, UNESCO is launching a call for nominations to the first edition of the new UNESCO Prize for girls’ and women’s education.

The annual Prize honours outstanding innovation 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, the quality of their lives.

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

UNESCO is now inviting Member States and non-governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO to submit nominations for candidates who have effectively promoted the advancement of girls’ and women’s education. Please note that self-nominations will not be considered.

Established in 2015 by UNESCO’s Executive Board, the Prize contributes to the attainment of the Organization’s global priorities and to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, in particular Sustainable Development Goals 4 on education and 5 on gender equality.

Deadline for submissions: 20 April 2016 (midnight Paris time)