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Wits Gender Equity Office

The Gender Equity Office (GEO) was established in February 2014 as an 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.​