Monday 22 April

21 July 2023, Johannesburg – SECTION27 is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Sasha Stevenson as the next Executive Director. Sasha joined the organisation in 2012 as an attorney and was later promoted to Head of the Health Rights Programme, a position she held since 2018.

Sasha assumed the role of Executive Director on 1 July 2023, after an extensive recruitment process conducted by the SECTION27 Board of Directors. She brings to the role over a decade of experience as a human rights lawyer and activist in the public interest sector. Her leadership is crucial to our human rights work in achieving substantive equality and social justice in South Africa.

Prior to joining SECTION27, Sasha gained experience at a commercial law firm, the Constitutional Court of South Africa, and the International Criminal Court in The Hague. She holds a BA in Law and Politics, a BA Honours in Law and Politics, and an LLB, all from Rhodes University, and an LLM from the University of Cambridge.

Commenting on the appointment, SECTION27 Board Chairperson, Alice L. Brown said: “We are thrilled to have a legal practitioner of Sasha’s stature, experience, and expertise in the position of Executive Director of this significant institution. In addition to extensive knowledge and understanding of the key issues, Sasha brings to the position a steadfast dedication and an unwavering commitment to human rights and social justice for all. As we move into the next phase of the work of SECTION27, the Board looks forward to working with Sasha and the team as they continue to tackle some of the most difficult rights-related issues facing South Africa and the region currently.”

Stevenson succeeds Ms Umunyana Rugege, who served as Executive Director of SECTION27 from January 2019 to earlier this year.

“I am honoured to have been appointed to serve SECTION27 as its Executive Director,” says Sasha Stevenson, Executive Director of SECTION27. “The organisation plays such an important role in catalysing social justice through the use of the Constitution. Every day, we strive to realise the rights to basic education and health and to secure accountability and access to justice. We are fortunate to have a committed, skilled and passionate team, and together we will continue to work in the tradition of public interest lawyering to contribute to the development of a society that seeks to uphold South Africa’s constitutional promise.”

For more information contact:

Pearl Nicodemus | nicodemus@section27.org.za | 082 298 2636


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