Who we are:
We are a Human Rights non-profit organisation based in South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Liberia and Ghana.
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, businesses, and governments across the globe to challenge and eliminate the root causes of injustice.
To educate, advocate for and equip youth, vulnerable groups, civil society, and governments in human rights, justice, and advocacy in order to lead their own positive change.
Together we can create a world where everyone has knowledge of and access to their fundamental rights and freedoms.
MISSION | VISION
How are we making a difference?
currently runs 3 specialised projects across the communities we work closely 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.
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, as well as is the ERI United Nations Africa Director.
She is also a "Queens Young Leader" for 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).
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 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.