Deadline: 24 May 2024

On International Women’s Day, UNESCO launched a call for nominations for the 2024 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education. The Prize awards US$ 50,000 annually to two laureates making outstanding efforts in favour of girls’ and women’s education.

Today, 122 million girls remain out of school and two thirds of the world’s illiterate adults are women. This is despite the significant progress made in recent decades to realize girls’ and women’s right to education.

We know that gender, combined with other factors such as cultural norms and stereotypes, wealth, ethnicity or location continue to prevent girls and women everywhere from reaching their full potential.

At the Transforming Education Summit in 2022, countries called for actions that put gender equality at the heart of education plans, budgets and policies as part of their commitment to transform education for the world we live in today.

In practice, this means promoting gender equality in curricula and pedagogies, creating safe, inclusive and transformative learning spaces, supporting collaboration across sectors and generations and investing in the most marginalized.

Are you driving transformative change for girls’ and women’s education?


Nominations are made by Governments of UNESCO Member States or Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO. They can nominate up to three individuals, institutions, or organizations making strong, innovative contributions to girls’ and women’s education. Self-nominations are not possible.

Interested candidates are invited to contact their country’s National Commission for UNESCO/Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO or the Prize Secretariat for more information.


Nominations must meet the eligibility and selection criteria set by the Prize. Nominated projects must be established and running for at least two years and show potential to be replicable and scalable.

An independent International Jury of five experts will assess nominations on the basis of the project’s potential for impact, innovation and sustainability.


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