Growing up in the small town of Kwa-Dukuza on the north coast of Kwazulu-Natal made Shehnaz rather curious about the big wide world and different people, cultures, traditions and languages. So once she was able to, she set about trying to discover as much of the world as possible. Through Canon Collins, Shehnaz was awarded the Nelson Mandela Scholarship to study at SOAS in the UK, graduating in 2005 with an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development. Through her travels, Shehnaz came to realise just how much more there was for her to learn about her country, her history and her people. As part of the journey of discovery of what it means to be South African, Shehnaz has initiated an oral history project called “1001 SA Stories”. Shehnaz has a deep commitment to women’s rights and gender equality and is committed to contributing to the building of a non-racist, non-sexist South Africa.
Being awarded the Nelson Mandela Scholarship to study in the United Kingdom
Public Interest Law, Gender Equality, Customary Law and Women’s rights