WSIS Prizes Contest 2021 Nominee

Robotics, Programming and Rights for Girls


RightsTech Women (RTW) advances the human rights of girls and women in STEM through research and data visualization, advocacy and training, and technology capacity building. Its mission is to get more girls and women in STEM education and employment, who know their human rights. Its target audience is girls and women who are STEM learners and professionals in 33 countries in 5 regions. RightsTech Women covers the life cycle of girls and women in STEM, starting from primary education age to lifelong learners. The countries of activities were selected based on RTW's research on demographics, STEM education and STEM employment. In 2018, in recognition of the importance of STEM education and jobs to women's equality worldwide RTW was created to address these gaps, working with partners. The Board is passionate about the importance of STEM for girls and women's prospects and economic equality. RightsTech Women's experienced team is made up of lawyers, engineers, physicists, and programmers. RightsTech Women delivers innovative hybrid trainings that combine tech and human rights content. In 2019, working with partners, RTW trained more than 400 girls in the Geneva area. It now works to scale this work to other countries. RTW organizes trainings where girls can take different STEM workshops made for different age groups, and they can choose from different programming activities. One of the main features of RTW's work is that it trains female coaches and mentors so that participating girls have female role models to look up to during the trainings. RTW builds the confidence of girl participants through interactive and hands-on training.

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Action lines related to this project
  • AL C1. The role of governments and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICTs for development 2021
  • AL C2. Information and communication infrastructure
  • AL C3. Access to information and knowledge
  • AL C5. Building confidence and security in use of ICTs
  • AL C7. E-learning
  • AL C7. E-employment
Sustainable development goals related to this project
  • Goal 3: Good health and well-being
  • Goal 4: Quality education
  • Goal 5: Gender equality
  • Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth

  • Switzerland



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Target beneficiary group(s)
  • Youth
  • Women


RightsTech Women is scaling up now, building on its work in Switzerland to extend its work in 32 more countries in 5 regions.


RTW works to eliminate the gender gaps in STEM education and employment. A data-driven organization, in addition to doing hands-on trainings, RTW conducts research that drives all of its advocacy and training work for girls and women. Going forward, it will collaborate with partner organizations vis-à-vis the UN entities in Geneva to address law and policy issues affecting girls and women in STEM.

WSIS values promotion

RightsTech Women uniquely combines robotics and programming technology capacity building for girls together with modules in which girls can learn about their human rights in STEM education and employment. RTW delivers hybrid trainings on technology and human rights, a cutting edge innovation.

Entity name

RightsTech Women

Entity country—type

Switzerland Civil Society

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