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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. She has also been honored as a Listee in Marquis Who's Who for her dedication to the field of international affairs and law, and leadership of ECW, as well as in the “Women Leaders 2024 Collector’s Edition" as a woman leader to look up to in 2024. 

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Statements
Global Refugee Forum Statement by ECW Executive Director Yasmine Sherif Today at the Global Refugee Forum , we reaffirm our commitment to alleviate human suffering and serve humanity. We stand with refugee children and adolescents everywhere. We will steadfastly continue to work with all our partners and invest in a...
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Human Rights Day Statement by Education Cannot Wait Executive Director Yasmine Sherif Today we mark a milestone in history: the 75 th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights . As people around the world commemorate Human Rights Day, we must also deeply reflect on the meaning of this...
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International Day of Persons with Disabilities Statement by Education Cannot Wait Executive Director Yasmine Sherif Children with disabilities have an undisputed right to an inclusive quality education. We will never achieve true equality – nor the overarching goals outlined in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – if they are...
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International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women Statement by Education Cannot Wait Executive Director Yasmine Sherif 25 November 2023, New York – In the 21st century, we cannot tolerate the rape and abduction of girls and women, forced child marriage, and the continued denial of any human rights...
Director's Corner
The UN Secretary-General has defined the crisis in Gaza not just as a humanitarian crisis, but rather as a crisis of humanity. According to UN Secretary-General António Guterres : “Gaza is becoming a graveyard for children. Hundreds of girls and boys are reportedly being killed or injured every day.” This...
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World Children’s Day Statement by ECW Executive Director Yasmine Sherif On World Children’s Day , I think many of us feel a need to bow to the 224 million crisis-impacted children and adolescents who are suffering unspeakable violations of international humanitarian and human rights law right now. Born of innocence...
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International Day of Tolerance Statement by Education Cannot Wait Executive Director Yasmine Sherif  16 November 2023, New York –  Despite all our progress in many aspects of human life on earth, we still fall behind on universal ethics, empathy and moral courage – three key components essential to create a world of tolerance. Today...
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United Nations Day Statement by Education Cannot Wait Executive Director Today, as we commemorate United Nations Day, more than 224 million children and adolescents are in need of quality education, and the hope, protection and opportunity it provides. Their numbers are increasing by the day. From Afghanistan and Sudan to...
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ECW Executive Director Yasmine Sherif Statement on International Day of the Girl Child 11 October 2023, New York – Girls are the future. They are agents of positive change and potential in a world torn apart by conflicts and chaos. On this International Day of the Girl Child , Education...
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Education Cannot Wait Executive Director Yasmine Sherif Statement on World Mental Health Day 10 October 2023, New York – Millions of school-aged children, adolescents and their teachers in countries of brutal conflicts, devastating climate disasters and refuge are calling out for our action today. Their mental health cannot wait. They...
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Education Cannot Wait Executive Director Statement on World Teachers’ Day 5 October 2023, New York – We are in a race to deliver on our global promise of Education for All by 2030 – especially for the 224 million girls and boys impacted by armed conflict, climate change, forced displacement...
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Education Cannot Wait Executive Director Yasmine Sherif Statement on the International Day of Peace 21 September 2023, New York – The International Day of Peace provides a clarion call to us all to redouble efforts to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals, and place education at the center of our...

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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