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Wits Gender Equity Office

The Gender Equity Office (GEO) is a holistic, autonomous and integrated office that deals with all aspects of gender based harm and the advancement of gender equity.


Gender-Based Harm (GBH) includes the following:

  • Sexism / unfair discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation;

  • Sexual harassment, sexual assault and rape;

  • Abuse of power and conflict of interest based on sexual/romantic relationships.


GEO offers its services free of charge to all staff members and students of the University of the Witwatersrand.


GEO provides the following services:

  1. Collects and tracks all GBH-related complaints across the university and analyses trends to inform and improve intervention initiatives;

  2. Provides a safe and confidential space with full-time counselling support to complainants and victims of GBH;

  3. Confidentially advises complainants and victims of GBH of their options;

  4. Oversees an independent disciplinary procedure for formal complaints against staff or students accused of GBH;

  5. ​Engages actively in advocacy around gender equality.


Please note that contact with GEO is confidential and does not commit you to following a formal process.​