Laureates from Brazil and Mozambique to receive 2021 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education
A project training underrepresented and low-income women and girls to close the gender gap in Brazil’s technology sector, and another empowering adolescent girls and young women in Mozambique through role models and sisterhood circles will be awarded this year’s UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education during an online ceremony on 15 October 2021. The laureates were selected by UNESCO’s Director-General, upon the recommendation of an international jury, from over 70 nominations submitted by UNESCO Member States and non-governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO. Each of the laureates will be awarded US$ 50,000 to help further their work in advancing girls’ and women’s education.
REPROGRAMA from Brazil, is rewarded for its project, Reprogramming Brazil’s Technology Sector, which is working to close the gender gap in Brazil’s technology sector through the provision of training to thousands of underrepresented and low-income women and girls in coding and other in-demand digital skills.
The project focuses on equipping women and girls with the programming knowledge, skills and confidence they need for today’s and tomorrow’s workforce, while also empowering them to speak up and be heard in a traditionally male-dominated sector as well as in their everyday lives. Today, it has reached over 10,000 women and girls through its 18-week, face-to face and online programming bootcamps and technical events.