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ECW Executive Director Yasmine Sherif

Yasmine Sherif is the Executive Director of Education Cannot Wait (ECW). A lawyer specialized in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Law (LL.M), she has over 30 years of experience with the United Nations and international NGOs. 

Ms. Sherif has served in some of the most crisis-affected areas of the world, including Afghanistan, the Middle East, the Balkans, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sudan as well as in New York and Geneva. She has led high-level missions to numerous conflict and crisis-affected countries. Her expertise spans across the education, humanitarian, development, human rights, gender and peacekeeping spectrum.

She is the author of the book, The Case for Humanity: An Extraordinary Session, and a Champion for ‘No Lost Generation.’ In 2017, she received the annual award Sweden’s UN Friend of the Year, in 2020 she was awarded the Global Educator Award in the United States, and in 2022 she received on behalf of Education Cannot Wait, the prestigious Mother Teresa Award.

Ms. Sherif also received an award from the United Nations Association-USA Brooklyn Chapter in 2023, and was recently honored as a Listee in Marquis Who's Who for her dedication to the field of international affairs and law, and leadership of ECW. 

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Statements
ECW Executive Director Yasmine Sherif Statement on the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons As the world comes together to “reach every victim of trafficking and leave no one behind” on World Day Against Trafficking of Persons , it is essential that we step up funding to education initiatives across...
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ECW Executive Director Yasmine Sherif Statement on World Youth Skills Day
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Director's Corner
We all know and agree that patience is a virtue. It is indeed. With one exception. In the face of a child’s suffering, impatience is the highest virtue. Or as we say in the spirit of Education Cannot Wait: “We must be unapologetically impatient” in our collective goal to reach...
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Read original on Modern Diplomacy ECW Executive Director Yasmine Sherif Statement on International Day for Women in Diplomacy 24 June 2023, New York – Today we honour the brave, fearless and dedicated women who have broken through confining norms and stereotypes in order to build peace, equality and human rights...
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ECW Executive Director Yasmine Sherif Statement on World Refugee Day 20 June 2023, New York – There were 108.4 million forcibly displaced people worldwide by the end of 2022. This includes 62.5 million internally displaced people, 35.3 million refugees, 5.4 million asylum seekers and an additional 5.2 million in need...
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ECW Executive Director Yasmine Sherif Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict 19 June 2023, New York – Sexual violence is unacceptable in any shape or form, in all contexts, including those of conflict. As we come together on the International Day for the...
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Director's Corner
As we head into June, we will commemorate a number of important international days that call for much-needed support to protect refugees, end child labour, stop sexual violence in conflict and ensure human rights for the innocent children victims of aggression. Together, this work will propel our efforts to achieve...
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ECW Executive Director Yasmine Sherif Statement on World Day Against Child Labour 12 June 2023, New York – Worldwide, 160 million children are engaged in child labour. Without access to safe, quality educational opportunities, their dreams of a better future have been cut short. As we commemorate the World Day...
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ECW Executive Director Yasmine Sherif Statement on International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression 4 June 2023, New York – Children are not targets. Children are not soldiers. Children are not weapons. As we commemorate the International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression , we call on leaders...
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Read Japanese ECW Executive Director Yasmine Sherif Statement in advance of the G7 Hiroshima Summit At this year’s G7 Hiroshima Summit in Japan, world leaders will have a chance to “uphold the international order based on the rule of law and extend outreach to the Global South.” Education, as a...
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ECW Executive Director Yasmine Sherif Statement on the International Day of Families (15 May) There is nothing more important than family. Family is the tie that bonds us. Family is the heart of our humanity. Family is our hope for the future. This International Day of Families , we must...
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Op-Eds
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Resolutions are just tiny steps. To make them a reality requires Action. Until it becomes action on the ground, those words mean very little. Not until you help that child to access a safe, quality education have you actually achieved the result.

Yasmine Sherif, ECW Executive Director