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IWeek: I am Wits

- By Wits University

A series of events promoting a spirit of inclusivity across race, gender, culture and sexual orientation will take place at Wits University from 7 to 14 August 2015.

These events will be held during Inclusiveness Week (IWeek), which has been initiated on the premise that equality can be best achieved by being inclusive. 

The IWeek project complements Wits’ Transformation Strategy which seeks to create an inclusive institutional culture where human reciprocity, mutuality and dignity are at the core of how the Wits community members relate to each other and broader society.

Highlights include: 

Public talk with Judge Edwin Cameron

Constitutional Court Judge Edwin Cameron discusses Pride and Peril: LGBTIAQ rights in Africa and the role of activism in the fight for equality in society on Friday, 7 August at 13:00.

Break Bread with Witsies

Sit at a table and break bread with members of the Wits Community and share in their experiences of transformation on Tuesday, 11 August at 13:15. RSVP .

Pregnancy rules in residences

Are rules around pregnancy in residences discriminatory or necessary? Join the Pregnancy issues.pdfon Thursday, 13 August at 13:15 in Senate House.

Cultural exhibition

Discover new food, music and dances at this event on Friday, 14 August at 12:15 on the Piazza outside the Great Hall. View the full

Look out for the photographic exhibition themed This is What Trans Looks Like on the Senate House Concourse throughout IWeek.

IWeek is jointly hosted by multiple stakeholders and builds on the call for universities to host events focusing on equality. The call was issued by the organisation Universities South Africa formerly known as the Higher Education South Africa, made up of Vice-Chancellors from the sector.

IWeek will become part of the Wits calendar says Lindiwe Manyika, Head of Wits’ Transformation and Employment Equity Office.

“In the short-term we hope for maximum participation and vibrancy during the IWeek; whereas in the medium to long-term we hope that the I-Week will be one of the many platforms that create a sense of belonging for Witsies.”

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