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Edward Keenan Jacobs

South Africa & Stellenbosch University, 2021

Edward Keenan Jacobs is an aspiring African leader who believes in the transformative power of education, critical thinking, and ethical leadership. He holds a BA Law degree and an Honours degree in Political Science from Stellenbosch University. As a member of the Class of 2021, he will be pursuing a Master’s degree in Political Science, within the field of political behaviour.

Having spent his formative years in the Cape Flats area of Kalksteenfontien, then moving to the middle-class suburb of Kuilsriver and finally ending up in Stellenbosch, Edward has gained first-hand experience of the various social strata that typify South Africa. This set him on a journey to seek justice and unity in the midst of uncertainty and difference.

Edward is the founder of Boys will be Joys, a feminist non-profit that combats gender-based violence by providing research-based workshops and online tools, with a masculinities-based approach, to create a space for discussion and critical reflection among men in communities around South Africa. Edward was also an executive member of the Stellenbosch Chapter of Amnesty International, heading up the Human Rights Education portfolio throughout 2018.

As an avid debater and public speaker, Edward has spoken at and participated in several debates and events around the world. Most notably, he participated in the WFUNA International Model United Nations (WIMUN) at the UN Headquarters in New York, USA. He aims to be at the forefront of intellectual innovation and imagination, contributing to deepening democracy, peace, and sustainability in Africa and around the world.

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