The Safe Zones @ Wits programme strives to erase prejudice, while providing a support system for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and asexual (LGBTIA) community at Wits University. Through education, advocacy and awareness-raising, the programme contributes to a campus climate that is safe and accepting for all members of the University community.
A major part of the Safe Zones @ Wits programme involves the training of both students and staff at Wits University as Safe Zone Allies for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and asexual (LGBTIA) students and staff members, their families and friends.
The role of Safe Zone Allies is to support LGBTIA students and staff members, as well as their families and friends, in the process of coming out; to act as a source of information regarding LGBTIA issues; to act as an advocate for LGBTIA rights; and to act as a referral source to other services, such as medical and counselling services.
At the end of 2012, 20 allies, consisting of both students and staff members, have been trained in themes around sexuality and gender, as well as basic counselling skills. The allies represent several faculties. It is our aim to have at least one ally in every academic school and support department at Wits University.
If you are wondering who our allies are and how you can contact them, click here.