RightsTech Women – Addressing global inequalities in STEM by combining tech and human rights training for girls and women

What is STEM? STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Today, more and more jobs require STEM-skilled staff, while women are still significantly under-represented globally in STEM tertiary education and employment. This is because there aren’t enough women entering STEM and because employers fail to retain them.

STEM EDUCATION:

  • Globally, only about 31.5% of graduates from STEM-related fields are women. Most higher-income countries fall way below the average. (UNESCO UIS Education Indicator, 2015-2018)
  • Only 28.8% of total researchers are women in the world. (UIS Fact Sheet No. 51, June 2018)

STEM JOBS:

  • Less than a third of the world’s technical workforce are women. (UNESCO Institute for Statistics, UIS Fact Sheet: Women in Science (2017))
  • In Switzerland, only about 11% of IT specialists and analysts are women. (Swiss Federal Statistical Bureau (Data: Employed persons aged 15 or more depending on the profession exercised, sex and nationality, 2016))
  • One projection estimates that 65% of children entering primary school today will work in completely new job types that don’t yet exist, and most of those jobs will require STEM skills. (The future of jobs, World Economic Forum, January 2016)

PAY EQUALITY:

  • Globally, women across the economy earn on average 20% less per month than men. (Global Wage Report 2018/19: What lies behind gender pay gaps, ILO, 2018)

LEADERSHIP:

  • According to one US survey, only 28% of startups have a female founder in their founding team. (Women in Technology Leadership 2019, Silicon Valley Bank) 

RightsTech Women: Providing Solutions 

RightsTech Women works to break gender stereotypes and expand opportunities for girls and women to enter STEM education and careers, to meet the job market needs of today and tomorrow.

Girls learning robotics and programming, at the CERN Globe, Girls in ICT Day 24 April 2019

RightsTech Women does this by working to increase the level of awareness of and interest in STEM among girls and women. We inspire and support girls and women to study and work in STEM by organizing hands-on tech training, providing a network of mentors and like-minded people, and by promoting good practices and role models. 

Our pillars of work include (1) research and data visualization, (2) data-driven advocacy & human rights training, and (3) technology capacity building. 

Our work innovates to combine tech training with human rights training, so that girls and women can not only learn tech skills, but also learn about their human rights that apply in STEM education and employment.

We make a bridge between the fields of human rights and STEM, for the benefit of both. RightsTech Women is a Swiss association legally based in Geneva. In 2019 alone, with our partners, we trained more than 400 girls in the Geneva area on robotics, programming and human rights. With support, we can expand and scale up our activities.

Donate now to help us reach more women and girls in STEM

With your generous support, RightsTech Women can train more women and girls on robotics, programming and human rights. Please help us to make a greater impact by donating now: https://rightstech.org/donate/ .

Girls programming a robot, EU Code Week, at Hepia, Geneva, 5 October 2019