The Women’s Cell at IIT Hyderabad is an administrative body that operates with the mandate of ensuring a gender-safe and rights-aware campus. We assist the members of the IITH community in seeking relief, redressal, and counsel in situations where they encounter gender-based discrimination or challenges. Despite the nomenclature, we are committed towards implementing gender justice for persons of all gender identities across the spectrum. In the case of complaints of sexual harassment, we counsel the complainant, suggest on-campus resources for coping with their state of survivorship, advise them on the procedure for channelling their complaint to the IITH Internal Complaints Committee, and maintain complete confidentiality while seeking their permission to proceed with redressal options. We also facilitate the functioning of regulatory bodies such as the IITH Internal Complaints Committee by directing their attention to all complaints relating to sexual harassment after seeking the permission of the complainant.
We address complaints lodged by persons of all gender identities across the spectrum. However, like all members of the informed and sensitized global community, we emphasize the historical injustices to which persons of non-dominant gender identities have historically been subjected and the structural inequalities within which they are forced to operate even in our current times. As such, the Women’s Cell recognizes the disturbing situations and traumatic challenges that these conventionally subordinated gender identities have to navigate in a workplace situation. We are therefore committed to redressing these wrongs that are faced by a disproportionately high number of persons of non-dominant genders in all workplace situations including higher educational institutions.
We would urge all members of the IITH community—whether students, staff, or faculty—to approach us for advice, redressal, or support in any kind of gender-related challenges they may be facing in connection with the campus.
In our chain of functioning, we ensure confidentiality by reporting only to the Dean of Students (when the situation involves students), Dean of Faculty Affairs (when the situation involves faculty), Dean Administration (when non-teaching staff is involved), and ultimately to the Director.