Women in STEM2D (WiSTEM2D)

  • P Project/Program

Key Information

Together with Johnson & Johnson and Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide, FHI 360 will inspire and advance the education of 1 million girls between the ages of 5 and 18 by 2020 through the Women in STEM2D (WiSTEM2D) project. Girls will build subject-specific knowledge in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, manufacturing and design (STEM2D); cultivate inquiring minds; build logical reasoning; and develop creative-thinking, problem-solving and collaboration skills. The strategy for reaching 1 million girls is twofold. First, a STEM2D guide developed by FHI 360 and JA Worldwide, in conjunction with Johnson & Johnson employees, will support a network of Johnson & Johnson volunteers in leading STEM2D efforts with girls worldwide. Consisting of pedagogical strategies, sample activities and training for volunteers, the guide will infuse the principles of STEM2D as a framework for volunteer interactions in classrooms, in out-of-school programs and at community events. Second, volunteers will use the guide in eight pilot programs co-led by FHI 360 and JA Worldwide. Divided by grade levels, the pilots will be age and developmentally appropriate.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


2016 - 2021


South Africa, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America


Not applicable or unknown

Johnson & Johnson


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Junior Achievement Worldwide (JA); Smithsonian Science Education Center; Girl Scouts of the USA

COVID-19 Response


Government Affiliation


Ministry Affiliation


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Primary completion
  • Secondary completion


  • Transition from school to work

Other skills

  • Rights/empowerment education


  • Curricula/lesson plans
  • Teacher training


  • STEM

Cross-cutting areas

  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Empowerment
  • Gender equality
  • Other

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Girls (both in school and out of school), Other community members - female


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School Enrolment Status

Some in school

School Level

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Other populations reached

  • School administrators
  • Teachers - male

Participants include

Not applicable or unknown

Program Approaches Back to Top

Educational Technology

  • Digital devices for the purposes of studying, learning
  • Digital skills/literacy (including coding)

Tutoring/strengthening academic skills

  • STEM - in the classroom
  • STEM - outside the classroom

Women's empowerment programs

  • Empowerment training

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Increased agency and empowerment
  • Increased employment/job-related skills
  • More equitable gender attitudes and norms