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Global Spotlight on the Work of The Justice Desk

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Participants from the Mbokodo Club
Participants from the Mbokodo Club

The Justice Desk has received global recognition for their grassroots human rights work in Cape Town, South Africa. On September 23rd, The Justice Desk welcomed The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the first stop of their African tour. The Justice Desk hosted a community event in Nyanga, a township that faces high levels of poverty and violence, especially against women and children. The Justice Desk has partnered with members of the Nyanga community years ago to empower local people to understand and defend their human rights, in order to build safer communities for all. They carry out trainings with community members of all age groups, from young children who are still in pre-school to adult community members. The Justice Desk also gave The Duke and Duchess a tour of the Mbokodo Club, a women’s empowerment project set up in partnership with The Justice Desk in communities across Cape Town, which works to re-engage women who have experienced trauma. In 2016, the Justice Desk Founder and CEO Jessica Dewhurst became a Queens Young Leader and has since received supported from the Queens Commonwealth Trust, of which the Duke and Duchess serve as President and Vice President.

The Justice Desk is an award-winning human rights organisation which operates in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe working to empower local people to understand and defend their human rights. They educate, train, advocate for and equip youth, vulnerable groups, civil society, and government personnel in human rights, justice and advocacy. The Justice Desk project works primarily in township areas and vulnerable communities, empowering and equipping local people with the necessary skills and platforms to transform society in a sustainable way and create a more just and equal world. We thank Misean Cara for their ongoing support of The Justice Desk.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with Founder and CEO Jessica Dewhurst of The Justice Desk project in Cape Town, South Africa
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with Founder and CEO Jessica Dewhurst of The Justice Desk project in Cape Town, South Africa