Justice Dolls

Have you ever thought of a tangible way to represent global injustices?

Justice Dolls… is project that seeks to raise awareness of issues of injustice against women.

Justice Dolls… is a job-creation program, empowering vulnerable African women.

Justice Dolls… is a powerful expression - representing the voice of those who cannot speak.

Its founder, Joylynn Landschut, was an American missionary to South Africa for almost a decade and the birthplace and production of the Justice Dolls occurred in the township of Masiphumelele, Cape Town, South Africa.


In January 2020, Joylynn met Debbie Hiebner of XStitch (pronounced ‘Cross-Stitch’) and discussed ways in which XStitch could continue the Justice Dolls project as she was planning to go back to her homeland. The vision being that Justice Dolls would always remain in its place of birth and continue its existence in the less-privileged communities of South Africa.  Thus a partnership was birthed.

Even though the core focus of each organisation is different, they actually complement each other very well.  Justice Dolls highlights human trafficking and other injustices, while XStitch on the other hand is providing crochet skills and the potential of job-creation to women in drug rehab centres and to the unemployed.

But the end-goal is the same:  to equip, empower and educate, thereby restoring dignity and self-worth. 



XStitch is a small volunteer-run Non-Profit Organisation founded in August 2016 in Cape Town whose mission is to teach crochet skills to the unemployed and less privileged throughout South Africa  (see  http://xstitch.org.za/ )

This group of volunteer ladies are making a positive difference in their community… one stitch at a time… as their motto goes.  They give unemployed people a crochet skill so that they in turn can earn an income. They provide a free start-up kit to all trainees so that the skill can be used without constraints.  The woollen caps and items which are made then gets donated to vulnerable children, homeless communities and those in old-age homes.

XStitch is self-funded, making various items and craftwork in order to generate income. All profits are then ploughed back into their project.

They are based on the Cape Flats and as at September 2020 they have trained more than a thousand people and have donated more than 15 000 warm woollen caps to help many cold homeless souls counter the chilly Cape Town winters!

The XStitch crafters will now be expanding their impact and influence as they acquire new skills to make and sell Justice Dolls. 


Justice Dolls represents the plight of many African women who are victims of abuse, and by ordering these Justice Dolls, you can join the cause for Hope and Justice.   As an individual, or together with your organization, you can take a stand, set an example and be part of raising awareness around this very relevant issue.

We therefore appeal to you to support this amazing partnership of Justice Dolls and XStitch and the great work they do!