Current Nansen Winner

"When you have educated mothers, you will almost certainly have educated future generations. So if you educate girls, you educate generations."

Aqeela Asifi

Today, 23 years after she arrived, her tent-school is a permanent building, and has transformed the lives of more than 1,000 girl students who have reached eighth grade and received a nationally endorsed certificate.

Asifi is a true symbol of triumph over adversity. With her quiet patience and determination, she has changed the lives of hundreds of young refugees, offering them a pathway out of poverty, and a chance to build themselves a future.

The ceremony

On 5 October, we honoured the 2015 winner of UNHCR’s Nansen Refugee Award, Aqeela Asifi.

We welcomed our host, Isabeela Kumar, Euronews presenter, and keynote speakers and artists to the stage:

  • Cedric Cassimo, Visual artist and composer;
  • Angelique Kidjo, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, two-time Grammy winner;
  • Barbara Hendricks, UNHCR Honorary Ambassador for Life, classical singer;
  • Ger Duany, UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for the East and Horn of Africa region, actor.

We would also like to thank our global broadcast partners Euronews and Phoenix TV.

In photos: Nansen Laureate 2015

In photos: The 2015 Nansen Award winner

In cooperation with:

UNHCR Global Strategic Partner