Still today in the Global South, hundreds of millions of women and girls are denied their right to education, effectively preventing their empowerment: Two out of every three illiterate people in the world are females. Being non-readers, they do not have access to even the simplest knowledge, especially in rural areas lacking basic infrastructure. Facing their enormous day-to-day challenges is a losing game for them. We can change that by providing them with vital information in an accessible way.
This is why we created Audiopedia. Audiopedia is a compilation of more than 400 relevant questions and answers about health, nutrition, family planning, child care, work and more. All contents have been carefully developed and curated by experts and are being translated and recorded by thousands of volunteers. Right now, they are working on more than 100 languages. All contents are published under a creative commons license (both in text and in audio format) and freely accessible. Currently, Audiopedia covers the following topics: COVID, WASH, Women’s Health, Substance Abuse, Nutrition, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Pregnancy and Childbirth, Breastfeeding, Growing Older, HIV and AIDS, Disabilities, Infertility, Problems of the Urinary System, Cancer, Mental Health, Pneumonia and Tuberculosis, Malaria, Violence against Women, Abortion, Sexual Violence, Family Planning, Family Planning Natural and Permanent Methods, Child Injury Prevention, Child Health, Advice for Girls, Suicide Prevention, Family Conflicts and Safety at Work.
Audiopedia is Open Knowledge for the Forgotten Billion
There is one benchmark we have to aim for when it comes to accessible knowledge: Wikipedia. Wikipedia has been a truly disruptive force — it has become the ubiquitous source of knowledge for the literate world. What distinguishes us from Wikipedia is that we have to provide accessibility to the contents for illiterate beneficiaries who often live in rural areas lacking basic infrastructure (e. g. electricity).
This is why we came up with various technical solutions - flexible, easily-adapted, modular components that can be quickly adjusted to suit local requirements. We open source all the soft- and hardware we have built to make our contents accessible. And we are planning to further expand accessibility by using chat-bots and programmable voice calls.
As of now, more than 15.000 women per month are directly accessing Audiopedia.IO to answer pressing health questions. Many NGOs and CBOs in various countries have been implementing Audiopedia in their projects already, thus considerably scaling up their community outreach.
Audiopedia is a non-profit project
Audiopedia was created by the German non-profit organization URIDU (founded in 2016) and is free from any commercial interest. Its mission is to bring free audio learning to women and girls in developing countries with the purpose of quickly closing the gender knowledge gap in the face of lagging literacy initiatives, and thus to become a global driving force for women’s empowerment and gender equality.
Let’s create the World’s Most Powerful Crowdimpact Project
By joining Audiopedia, everyone has the unique opportunity to actively participate in solving a global problem. We call this Crowdimpact. Our great progress so far was only possible through the work of thousands of online volunteers. Our ideas inspire people to support Audiopedia in many different ways: as translators, developers, social media activists, fundraisers, or field volunteers. Together we can make vital knowledge accessible where it is needed most and bring it to literally every rural woman in the world. No matter where she lives, what language she speaks or whether she can read or not - we can help her and her family to live a healthier and happier life.
Are you in?