On the occasion of the International Day of the Girl, UNESCO with Plan International France and the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, are co-organizing a special event to showcase how education is driving the creation of gender equal and inclusive societies.
The event will feature good practices, perspectives and testimonials from invited guests, including young leaders who will demonstrate how girls’ education is a force for lasting change. The official award ceremony of the UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education will recognize the work of two laureates advancing girls’ and women’s education.
The International Day of the Girl is celebrated every year on 11 October. The day provides an occasion to celebrate girls—who they are today and the women they will become tomorrow. On this day, we promote girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of girls’ rights, and highlight persistent needs and challenges that require concerted action.
This day will also showcase how education is building a “GirlForce” around the world, catalyzing generations of girls, adolescents and women who are unscripted, unstoppable, and transforming lives, societies and the world.
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Education can empower all of us to be a force for gender equality and lasting change. While significant progress has been made towards achieving equal access to education for all children over the last 20 years, there is a much longer road to ensuring that all learners are empowered through education with the knowledge, skills and values they need for life, work and leadership. For education to empower, it must challenge and change unequal power relations and address practices, norms and expectations that prevent all of us from realizing our full potential.
Under the theme “Girls’ education: a force for gender equality and lasting change”, UNESCO, Plan International and the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs invite you to join us in celebrating girls’ contributions to changing the world! You can apply via ‘Registration Form’ available on the UNESCO’s official website.
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The interactive event will include the award ceremony for the UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education, a roundtable discussion and audience engagement activities. A reception hosted by the Permanent Delegation of the People’s Republic of China UNESCO will conclude the celebrations.
About the UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education
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The UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education honors outstanding and innovative practices advancing girls’ and women’s education, and in turn, improving the quality of their lives. Established in 2015, it is funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of China and consists of two US$ 50,000 awards to help further the work of laureates in this field.