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Jan-Louise Lewin

Jan-Louise Lewin is an African feminist, researcher, and teacher. She is a former Assistant Lecturer in the Gender Studies department at the University of Cape Town (UCT) where her teaching focused on the intersections of race and gender. Her research specializes in prison masculinities, prison sex culture, street and prison gangs, and coloured identity politics. She was born and raised in Cape Town and through her work with young people hopes to grapple with issues of race and identity, personal narrative and lost cultural heritage. She attempts to embody and live the concept of “The personal (being) political” as feminist praxis. She holds a Masters degree in Gender Studies (distinction), a BA Honours in Gender and Transformation (distinction) and BSocSc in Gender and Sociology. She is recipient of the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, NRF Masters Innovation Scholarship and AW Mellon Foundation Scholarship. She was a research intern at NICRO (National Institute for Crime Prevention and the Reintegration of Offenders) and SWEAT (Sex Workers Education and Advocacy Taskforce). She is co-founder of The C.Y.P.H.E.R – Cape Youth Poetry Hub for Expression and Rhythm where she works with young poets on personal and professional development. She was the Program Coordinator of the Young Women’s Leadership Project (YWL).

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