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Mr Mark Heywood

Mr Mark Heywood
xecutive Director of SECTION27

​Mr Mark Heywood is the Executive Director of SECTION27, a public interest law centre that seeks to influence, develop and use the law to protect, promote and advance human rights. The organisation‟s name is drawn from the section in the South African Constitution that enshrines everyone's right to health care, food, water and social security. After graduating from Oxford in 1986, he worked for the Marxist Workers Tendency of the ANC, first in London and then in South Africa, and set up the Philemon Mauku Defence Campaign, the Leeukop Political Prisoners Support Committee and the Johannesburg Inner City Community Forum. As former head and then Executive Director of the AIDS Law Project, he was a founder of the Treatment Action Campaign, and in 2009 was appointed as a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on National Health Insurance.