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The Gender Equality and Anti-Discrimination Office

The Gender Equality and Anti-Discrimination Office (GEADO) reports to the Vice-Chancellor: Institutional Change, Student Affairs and Community Engagement. It forms part of the Unit for Institutional Change and Social Justice and aims to serve the staff and students of the University of the Free State.

The GEADO is part of the Student Experience as well as the Student Accommodation and Residence Culture work streams. Through the abovementioned work streams, the GEADO intends to proactively create safe spaces for student experience by implementing its SART and Sexual Harassment policy. It also advocates for a university culture that is inclusive, humanising, and socially just through the participation of all clients in conscientisation workshops.

                                                         GEAD, Gender Sensitisation, Safety Zone Training, Sexuality Sensitisation, GEAD Induction, Diversity Training 


We are here for the long haul – not for quick fixes that then to do more harm than good. Slowly, but surely, we are putting together the pieces that will make us a solid and cohesive culture.

Part of our day-to-day activities include scanning the environment to trends in gender equality and anti-discrimination. Although we see many global events that saddens us, there are also many solutions out there – interventions that work and change lives. In addition, we promote gender equality and anti-discrimination on our campuses by educating, supporting, and facilitating difficult conversations. We also keep track of the work we do as a reminder of how far we have come, and where we still need to support changes.

Browse through our articles, photos, videos, podcasts, and policies to catch up on our activities, and visit the calendar to ensure that you do not miss out on important events.


Contact information

Bloemfontein Campus: +27 51 401 3982

South Campus: +27 51 401 7544

Qwaqwa Campus: +27 58 718 5431

Toll-free number +27 80 020 4682

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