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Now open: calling champions of girls’ and women’s education for the 2019 UNESCO #GWEPrize

08 March 2019

The 2019 call for nominations is now closed

On International Women’s Day, UNESCO launched the call for nominations for the 2019 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education. The Prize annually awards US$ 50,000 to two outstanding laureates.


Governments of UNESCO Member States and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO are now invited to nominate up to three individuals, institutions or organizations who have made strong contributions in favour of girls’ and women’s education. Interested candidates should contact the National Commission for UNESCO of their country, or an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO to be considered for nomination


Nominated projects must meet the eligibility and selection criteria set by the Prize. They must be established and running for at least two years, show potential to be replicable and scalable, and contribute to one or more of the priority areas of the Prize.


Deadline for submissions is 28 May 2019 (midnight, Paris time). 


Nominations must be submitted in English or French via the online platform, only accessible to UNESCO Member States and NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO. This platform can be opened to external candidates at the Member States’ or NGOs’ request. Nominations will be assessed by an independent International Jury of five experts on the basis of the project’s potential for impact, innovation and sustainably.

Based on the recommendations of the Jury, the Director-General of UNESCO will announce the 2019 laureates who will receive the award at an official ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters on 11 October 2019.

Established in 2015 and funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the Prize honours outstanding and innovative practices advancing girls’ and women’s education. It consists of two US $50,000 awards to help further the work of laureates in this field.

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