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Yasmine Sherif is the 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 and the Middle East, the Balkans, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sudan. She has also led teams in New York and Geneva – from where she continues to conduct regular missions to countries affected by armed conflicts, forced displacement, climate-induced disasters and other crises.

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Statements
ECW Director Yasmine Sherif Statement on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 3 December 2022, New York – ECW works together with governments, UN agencies, civil society and the private sector for an inclusive world where all children with disabilities are able to go to school in safe and...
Yasmine Sherif
Statements
ECW Director Yasmine Sherif Statement on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and #16Days of Activism 25 November 2022, New York - As we now have entered the 21st century, we must end violence against girls and women. Attacking and abusing girls and women as a...
ECW Director Yasmine Sherif interacts with children in DRC
Statements
World Children’s Day Statement by ECW Director Yasmine Sherif - 20 November 2022 On World Children’s Day, we must remember what it means to be a child born with a right to reach the human potential. Nothing is more precious, more priceless, than a child growing towards that potential. And...
Girls at school
Op-Eds
Original Op-ed from Modern Diplomacy We are headed for a cliff. Rising seas, devastating droughts, spiking temperatures and a notable increase in the severity and frequency of natural disasters are forcing children, families and communities into displacement, disrupting the education of millions and, and putting lives and livelihoods at risk...
ECW/UNICEF Mission in DRC
Director's Corner
There is a stillness to the tent as I enter. This is a place of loss and pain, yet also a place of resilience and hope; everything coming together all at once. Here in Tanganyika Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), six out of ten girls will be married...
Yasmine Sherif at UN HQ
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As the world marks United Nations Day, let us remember why the United Nations was created and the spirit of its founders. In 1945 and the ensuing years, there was optimism, hope and determination to achieve peace, security and human rights for all. Since its formation in 1945, the United...
Yasmine Sherif and youths
Director's Corner
As famously stated by Socrates: “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new.” It is in that spirit that the Secretary-General’s first-ever Transforming Education Summit took place during the United Nations General Assembly Week. The youth emerged...
Teacher in Bangladesh
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Statement by Education Cannot Wait Director Yasmine Sherif on World Teachers’ Day Teachers have the power to transform lives. In the chaotic and challenging contexts of emergencies and protracted crises, teachers tend to carry the brunt and heaviest burden. They have the responsibility to nurture and empower their students, all...
Armed conflict, climate-induced disaster, and forced displacement have disrupted the education of 222 million children globally. Yasmine Sherif outlines how philanthropy and partnerships can help.
Op-Eds
Originally published on Philanthropy Age. Armed conflict, climate-induced disaster, and forced displacement have disrupted the education of 222 million children globally. Yasmine Sherif outlines how philanthropy and partnerships can help. With conflicts in the Middle East, Europe and Asia, massive displacement in South America, the spectre of famine in parts...
Modern Diplomacy
Op-Eds
Originally published on Modern Diplomacy. As world leaders gather at this year’s UN General Assembly and work to make good on commitments outlined at the Secretary-General’s Transforming Education Summit, we are calling on all of them to put education – especially for the 222 million crisis-impacted children that are in...
Children in a classroom
Statements
Statement by Education Cannot Wait Director Yasmine Sherif for the Transforming Education Summit Leaders from across the world are uniting at the UN Secretary-General’s Transforming Education Summit to address a global education crisis that threatens to derail decades of development gains and is depriving millions of girls across the world...
Yasmine Sherif
Director's Corner
“No peace which is not peace for all. No rest until all has been fulfilled.” ~ Dag Hammarskjöld, the late United Nations Secretary-General wrote in his inspiring book Markings. His words reinforce the title of ECW’s recently released Annual Results Report, which paraphrases American poet Robert Frost: “We have promises...

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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 Director