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Who we are:

We are a Human Rights non-profit organisation based in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.  

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.

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MISSION      |      VISION

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.

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?

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MISSION      |      VISION

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.

TJD 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.

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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

The Justice Desk, 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). 

 

Jessica Dewhurst is an award-winning human rights defender from South Africa. She is the F

Education

She holds various qualifications from

The University of Cape Town,

The United Nations, and

Cambridge University.

Around the globe

 

 

She has received The Queens Young Leaders award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace, and both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have visited South Africa to see Jess and The Justice Desk in action. 

 

Jessica has traveled extensively, working in various countries across the globe in the fight for fundamental human rights. She is a trusted and well-known professional in the field of human rights and anti-human trafficking, and is often called on to guide and mentor people and projects across the globe.

Queen's Young Leader

 

Jess has won countless awards for her humanitarian and activism work from the likes of Queen Elizabeth II, the South African presidency, The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Edward & Countess Sophie, The Obama Foundation, The Change Network, Lead SA, Glamour Magazine and many others.

Jess also happens to be a member of the BTS Army, and works in partnership with the Korean Embassy in South Africa and Ambassador Park Chull-Joo on various humanitarian projects.

Award-Winning

BTS ARMY

Our Team

Board of Governors

The Justice Desk 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:

 
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ABOUT US

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.