Design for Human Rights Workshop


Human rights are a set of universal, inalienable, and indivisible rights that are inherent to all human beings, regardless of their race, gender, nationality, religion, or any other status. Some examples of human rights include the right to life, liberty, and security of a person, freedom of expression and association, access to healthcare and education, and the right to be free from discrimination (1).

To ensure that interventions, such as communication campaigns, products, services, or policies, are designed with the fulfillment of human rights in mind, interdisciplinary design teams can use this workshop.

This workshop provides a guiding compass from the Discovery phase to the Validation phase of the design process. This workshop can help teams become more intentional in addressing human rights and is particularly useful for teams in the problem-scoping phase, who are trying to identify what they are trying to solve. It can also be used in hackathons or quick brainstorms to quickly identify which human rights the team is or could be working on.

Overall, this method helps design teams ensure that human rights are at the forefront of their interventions.

Ideal for:

  • Hackathons and jams

  • Exploratory brainstorms

  • Problem-scoping and validating


This workshop has been designed with Digital Society School to be included in the Global Goals Jam toolkit. This workshop has been developed in co-creation with Human Rights expert Pieter van Boheemen.

  1. United Nations. (1948). Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Retrieved from


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