Biography & Awards
Internationally Recognised Author, Speaker & Theologian
Whether it’s telling the stories of today’s women or the narratives of history’s heroines, Lauren’s passion to amplify the impact of the female voice is at the centre of everything she does. As a multipotentialite, Lauren is a talented, multi – award winning author, radio journalist, and a decorated academic and theologian.
Through her daily work as a theologian and specialist in the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East, Lauren has taught across continents and has written close to 500 articles on women in the Bible. She has also released 4 books. Her journalism work has focused on gendercide in China, woman abuse, faith and abuse, female ritual servitude and more. She has been a guest writer for over 2 dozen international publications and was a Ted Talk speaker at TedxCapeTown in 2018. Her talk “A Forgotten History, where are our women?” inspired conversation. Today, she is a board member on a number of advocacy, as well as historical organisations.
Lauren is a radio journalist on Cape Pulpit 729AM, engaging faith communities with controversial topics. Her motto for life is “we lend our voices to those who cannot speak, but only until they find their own.”
CONTAGIOUS WOMAN AWARD
Awarded to Lauren for her continued work in the creative sector during the Covid – 19 pandemic.
INFLUENTIAL WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD
Lauren has received the IWOY 2023 award for journalism
WOMAN PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
The prestigious woman personality of the year is awarded by the GISR Foundation based in India, who works tirelessly for girls education. Lauren was honoured with this award for her ongoing work to empower and uplift women globally. (India)
MICHAEL BROWN CHANGE AGENT AWARD
Lauren won the prestigious Michael Brown International award for her work with gender-based violence in faith communities(U.K)
PANACHE WOMAN OF THE WORLD AWARD
For her overall accomplishments working to amplify women’s voices through her theological work
WOMAN OF FAITH AWARD
Awarded by the Presbyterian Mission for racial equity and gender, for hertheological work(U.S.A)
DESMOND TUTU –GERRIT BRAND AWARD
Awarded for Lauren’s book Yehudit Chosen by God
NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARD
Awarded for Lauren’s second title,Shelamzion Queen of Israel (U.S.A)
ACCENTURE GENDER AWARD TOP 4
Lauren’s work inthe non –profit sector with women was honoured by the Gender Awards
Lauren has released 4 books, Yehudit Chosen by God, Judit Kryger uit die adelstand, Shelamzion Queen of Israel and Bold Bible Girls.
Children’s Non – Fiction
Lauren currently serves in the following capacities:
2009 – present
Is a global teaching ministry with a focus on missions, discipleship, training leaders and correctly proclaiming biblical truth cross – continentally.
SSAN’s mission is to empower refugee & marginalized women & girls as leaders, who transform their nation & the world, through education, discipleship, leadership development, health, esteem building & mentorship.
2021 – present
Rea Thusana Foundation (RTF) is a non-profit organisation (NPO) serving people experiencing homelessness in Muizenberg (Cape Town, South Africa). With a focus on assisting abused women on the streets, to receive shelter, skills development, rehabilitation and ultimately employment.
2022 – present
The Friends of the Cape Town Museum supports, assists and promotes the Museum and initiates programmes to realise and implement the Vision, Purpose and Mission of the Cape Town Museum.
2022 – present
Is the oldest conservation lobby group in Cape Town, promoting the cause and protection of Cape Town’s heritage.
Watch My Ted Talk at TedxCapeTown
“A Forgotten History, Where are our Women?”
“Lauren Jacobs changed the mood when she spoke about the ‘blank pages’ in
history when it comes to ‘women’s contributions, powerfully stating that
‘if girls can’t read about women in books, we are telling them that they
are worth less.”
– Cape Chameleon Magazine