2022 UNESCO Prize for Girls' and Women's Education

Grant Size $10,000 to $100,000   ,   Closing Date


Nominations are now open for the 2022 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Prize for Girls' and Women's Education to improve and promote the educational prospects of girls and women and in turn, the quality of their lives.

The UNESCO Prize for Girls' and Women's Education honours outstanding and innovative contributions made by individuals, institutions, and organizations to advance girls’ and women’s education.

Funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the Prize is conferred annually to two laureates and consists of an award to help further their work in the area of girls’ and women’s education. The Director-General of UNESCO awarded the Prize for the first time in 2016.

The Prize contributes to two Sustainable Development Goals: “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” (Goal 4) and “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls” (Goal 5).

Priority Areas

  • Participation: Supporting girls to transition from primary education to lower-secondary education and to complete full basic education
  • Literacy: Supporting adolescent girls and young women to acquire literacy skills
  • Environment: Supporting the creation of a gender-responsive and safe teaching-learning environment
  • Teachers: Engaging teachers to be change agents with gender-responsive teaching attitudes and practices
  • Skills: Supporting girls and women to acquire knowledge/skills for life and work

Prize Information

Prize up to US $50,000 is available.


The project/ programme of the candidate will be assessed by the Jury based on the following three criteria:

  • Impact: The project/programme’s impact should be qualitatively and/or quantitatively measureable, and deliver tangible results relative to the invested resources.
  • Innovation: The project/programme stimulates, and/or draws on, innovative approaches advancing girls’ and women’s education. This includes new ways of working where “business as usual” has failed, and transformative “out-of-the-box” thinking and actions.
  • Sustainability: The project/programme has taken steps, ideally from its design or implementation phases, to ensure it will have a lasting impact on girls’ and women’s education beyond the project lifecycle.


  • Nominations can be made by Governments of UNESCO Member States via their Permanent Delegations to UNESCO, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO.
  • Nominations must focus on an established project or programme designed to advance girls’ and women’s education.
  • Each Permanent Delegation or NGO can make up to three nominations for any edition of the Prize.
  • Self-nominations are not accepted.

Post Date: 08-Mar-2022

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