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2021 UNESCO Girls and Women Education Prize

2021 UNESCO Girls and Women Education Prize

UNESCO has recently announced a call 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

Criteria to be eligible:

  • 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:

1.Participation: Supporting girls to transition from primary education to lower-secondary education and to complete full basic education

2.Literacy: Supporting adolescent girls and young women to acquire literacy skills

3.Environment: Supporting the creation of a gender-responsive and safe teaching-learning environment

4.Teachers: Engaging teachers to be change agents with gender-responsive teaching attitudes and practices

5.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”

2021 UNESCO Girls and Women Education Prize

2021 UNESCO Girls and Women Education Prize

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:

The deadline for nominations

26 May 2021 (midnight, Paris time)


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