BEIJING, Oct. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Peng Liyuan, wife
of Chinese President Xi Jinping and UNESCO special envoy for the
advancement of girls' and women's education, on Friday addressed
the online award ceremony of the 2021 UNESCO Prize for Girls' and
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 were awarded this year's UNESCO Prize for Girls' and
Women's Education, UNESCO said.
Peng extended congratulations to the laureates from Brazil and Mozambique via video.
Since the establishment of the prize in 2015 by UNESCO and
China, it has exerted a positive
influence and inspired more people to devote themselves to girls'
and women's education, Peng said, adding that hundreds of thousands
of girls and women have been able to develop their knowledge and
learn new skills, and build confidence in changing their destiny
and pursuing their dreams.
In addition, an increasing number of people are supporting girls
and women's education, and promoting gender equality in global
education, she said.
Peng also expressed hope that the international community would
pay more attention to and support the education of girls and women,
and make new contributions to the realization of the 2030 United
Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The COVID-19 pandemic has had negative impact on girls and women
in terms of education, and Peng called for more efforts to provide
them with equal and quality education. She advocated making full
use of digital technology, sharing high-quality online education
resources and increasing education support for girls and women from
poor families and poor regions. She also stressed the importance of
strengthening health education for girls and women to
comprehensively improve their physical and mental health.
Meanwhile, Audrey Azoulay,
director-general of UNESCO, recognized China's role in the establishment of the prize
as well as in helping girls and women realize their dreams,
especially when faced with the challenges brought by the
The UNESCO Prize for Girls' and Women's Education honors
outstanding and innovative contributions made by individuals,
institutions and organizations to advance girls' and women's
Video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39z7u9acE_g