Justice, Equality and Rights Programme

This programme seeks to promote equal access to responsive and independent justice mechanisms, and to support the realisation of socio-economic rights through a vibrant and transformed civil society, with a focus on supporting people living in poverty and marginalised groups.

The strategic focus areas for this programme include the following:

Criminal justice sector reform

Supporting efforts that monitor police systems and hold police and criminal justice institutions accountable, advocate for the independence and mandates of criminal justice institutions, and ensure pre-trial justice and dignified conditions of detention.

Access to justice for marginalised groups

Supporting efforts that advocate for and litigate towards the decriminalisation of sex work, provide access to justice services, and engage in advocacy in support of LGBTI communities, sex workers, refugees and migrants, farmworkers, and informal traders.

Legal empowerment

Supporting projects that promote the institutionalisation, scaling, and financial sustainability of the community advice office sector; and supporting organisations that advance the legal empowerment of all marginalised groups, including women and people living in poverty, from a community activism perspective.

Challenging the health establishment to advance human rights

Supporting efforts aimed at ensuring the right to access quality healthcare. This includes policy advocacy and accountability initiatives focusing on facilities’ infrastructure, policy making and financing for rural health, access to essential medicines, and occupational diseases affecting mineworkers.

Promoting the universal right to basic education

Supporting efforts that ensure the right to access quality and affordable basic education in South Africa through policy advocacy and accountability initiatives.

Promoting an enabling environment for an active and vibrant civil society

Supporting emerging rights-based civil society organisations and movement-building with a focus on the development of young leaders, including the next generation of public interest lawyers.