RightsTech Women advances the human rights of women and girls in STEM fields. It empowers women and girls in STEM fields to know and claim their rights, for a fairer, more peaceful and prosperous world for all.
RightsTech Women is a service organization that advances the rights of girls and women who are learners and professionals in STEM fields (“the rights holders”). RightsTech Women brings stakeholders together, and shares information and resources so that:
Rights holders are empowered and know their rights and how to claim them both internationally and in every day, practical settings. Rights holders know what the enjoyment of relevant rights looks like and what standards apply.
There are more women and girls in STEM fields, who know their rights.
There is equal access to and opportunity for all levels of STEM education and employment.
Societies are fair and equal. Everyone enjoys the same freedom of choice in their studies and careers. Gender gaps in education and in STEM professions at all levels are eliminated.
There is equal compensation for the same work regardless of sex.
There is equal representation in STEM academic and employment leadership positions among women and men.
Women and men, and girls and boys, can participate equally in solving global, 21st century problems and in implementing the Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and other relevant global initiatives.
The human rights of women and girls in STEM fields are well recognized in international, national and local standards, which are implemented by States and other relevant stakeholders, in consultation with the rights holders. UN Member States, national human rights institutions (NHRIs), educational institutions, businesses, United Nations entities and other relevant international organizations adopt and implement a human rights approach to women and girls in STEM fields.
Organizations working to increase the numbers of women and girls in STEM fields, such as initiatives of computer programming workshops for women and girls, are trained on and help to publicize the relevant human rights standards.
Because of trainings, awareness of relevant international human rights standards is widespread in STEM education and workplace settings, for not only the rights holders but for everyone in those environments, female and male.
Negative stereotypes and inherently discriminatory structures and biases are dismantled and are replaced by mutual respect, empathy and empowerment.
STEM fields and human rights fields professionals are networked and they harness synergies to advance the rights holders’ rights. They promote and share best practices between human rights and STEM fields and mutually build each others’ capacities.
Women and men STEM field professionals are equipped with easily shared tools for promoting relevant international human rights standards. Previously existing challenges are reduced or eliminated through the use of the tools, which provide concrete information and solutions.
- Accountability – holds itself accountable to stakeholders and donors.
- Diversity – respects diversity and the value that it adds.
- Education – recognizes the importance of outreach, training, and institutional memory, as well as the sharing of good practices in order to effect long-term and sustainable change. Is committed to employees’ continued professional learning and development.
- Environmental Responsibility – adopts and implements environmental impact reduction measures and helps to share best practices.
- Equality and nondiscrimination – recognizes that all women and girls enjoy equal rights, status and opportunities. Makes no distinction based on nationality, origin, race, religious beliefs, disability, indigenous heritage, LGBTI, age, or other status.
- Humanity – ensures respect for the human being; promotes mutual understanding; friendship, cooperation and lasting peace among all peoples; and, tries to improve the human condition around the world.
- Inclusion – includes marginalized groups and avoids increasing existing inequality gaps or barriers, or creating new ones. Adopts an inclusive development approach that raises the living standard of all, not merely that of already-privileged groups.
- Independence – maintains its autonomy so that the organization may be able at all times to act in accordance with its own principles and values, and respects the independence of public institutions.
- Integrity – conducts work ethically.
- Mutual Respect – promotes human rights and acts in accordance with its belief in equality.
- Neutrality – does not take sides in hostilities.
- Nonprofit Service – is a nonprofit, service organization, not prompted in any manner by desire for gain.
- Participatory Processes – works in consultation with relevant stakeholders.
- Professionalism – adheres to courtesy, honesty and responsibility when dealing with individuals or other organizations in the conduct of work, regardless of place.
- Quality – provides services that meet or exceed partners’ expectations. Delivers effective and efficient solutions to real problems.
- Solidarity and Universality – is an international, nongovernmental organization in which partners are treated equally and commit to sharing good practices and solutions globally.
- Teamwork – values the contributions of all team members, who work together to achieve the shared mission of empowering rights-holders.