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Who we are:

We are a Human Rights non-profit organisation based in South Africa and operating in South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Liberia, Ghana & Kenya.  

We were established in 2013, with the main goal of

Promoting the Power of Everyday Activism.

In order to do this, we empower ordinary

people to understand and defend their Human Rights - so that they can transform society and create a more just and equal world!

We also work alongside civil society, NGOs, CBOs, businesses, and governments across the globe, with a strong focus on Africa, to challenge and eliminate the root causes of injustice.


Our mission is to be an impactful team of committed changemakers across Africa, who educate, equip and empower others to protect and uphold their human rights through multi-level advocacy programmes.

Our vision is to build a society of conscious and active citizens, who know how to defend, uphold, and respect human rights, creating the foundation of a self-reliant, non-violent, and thriving African continent.

VISION        |     MISSION

How are we making a difference?

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 Justice Desk Africa currently runs a variety of specialised programs across

the various communities we work in partnership with. 

These projects continue to positively impact the lives of survivors of rape and

gender-based violence, young boys without positive male role models, children

without access to proper nutrition and safeguarding, as well as elderly, disabled,

and abandoned people from vulnerable, under-served communities.

Sustainable Development Goals

Here at Justice Desk Africa we cater to 1, 4, 5, 10, 16 and 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Our CEO & Founder

Jessica Dewhurst is an award-winning human rights defender from South Africa. She is a passionate and proud South African, who believes in the power of everyday activists, especially among the youth. She is the Founder and CEO of

Justice Desk Africa, having worked in the human rights sector for almost two decades. 


She has qualifications from UCT, ERI at the UN, and Cambridge. She was awarded the "Queens Young Leader" award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II; was selected as Glamour Magazine's Woman of the Year in Activism (2019); an Obama Foundation African Leader (2020); and was chosen as the Start Network's Change-Maker Winner in the Brave category (2021). In 2023, she was named as a "Women of the Future" and CIO World named her as a top 10 Business Leader Making a Difference in the World! Avance named her one of Africa's Most Influential African Women in 2023.

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Our Team

Board of Governors

Justice Desk Africa is an officially registered non-profit organisation under South African law.

Our NPO number is (186-262). According to South African law, the legal governing authority of our organisation is our Board of Governors. They meet every three months and oversee the overall governing of the organisation.


At the end of each year, we report to the South African Department of Social Development with narrative and financial reports. We also submit quarterly and year-end reports to each funder.

Our board members can be found below:

Advisory Committee

Advisory Committee members are former board members who finished their terms and were invited by the Chairperson to sit on the Advisory Committee based on their extraordinary contributions and commitment to the organisation.


These members serve in an advisory role to our current board members, as well as offer their guidance, expertise and support to board members and the Executive Management Team of the organisation.

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