Audiopedia is turning Accessible Audio Learning into a Global Driving Force for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality

The Background of Audiopedia

URIDU (www.uridu.org) is a German NGO that is providing illiterate rural women with vital knowledge. We have been developing and pioneering accessible audio learning in the global south over the last 3 years. URIDU is combining relevant, localized expert audio contents with easily accessible hard- and software. We are spreading health education and more using our solar-powered audio players and mobile web applications. URIDU has shown that educating marginalized women using audio is a feasible endeavor that yields excellent results. We did this in successful pilot projects in Tanzania, Uganda and the Congo. Now it’s the time to take bold steps to maximize impact by reaching out to as many women as possible. Our goal is to turn accessible audio learning into a global driving force for women’s empowerment and gender equality.

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. Following their example, we will provide a freely accessible, curated resource of relevant audio content. It will be made available under a creative commons license. Accordingly, we are calling it Audiopedia. What distinguishes us from Wikipedia is that we have to provide accessibility to the contents for illiterate beneficiaries. This is why we developed several solutions. Consequently, we will open source all the software we have built to make our contents accessible. And we are planning to further expand accessibility by using chat-bots and programmable voice calls.

Let’s create the World’s Most Powerful Crowdimpact Project

Audiopedia gives people 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. Now is the time to build a real movement around the Audiopedia platform to let people participate voluntarily 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.

A Life in Health in Dignity for every Woman

Without having access to even the simplest basic knowledge, facing their enormous day-to-day challenges is a losing game for women in rural areas in most developing countries. We can change that by simply providing them with vital information in an accessible way. Here are some examples showing how Audiopedia can help rural women live a life in health and dignity.


The Fact

Three-quarters of all illness in the developing world could be prevented by better nutrition, water, sanitation, immunisation and health education.

How Audiopedia helps

Audiopedia contains information such as: „How can cleanliness prevent sicknesses?“ - „How can I purify my drinking water?“ or „How can I prevent Malaria?“


The Fact

Two out of every three illiterate people in the world today are females.

How Audiopedia helps

Audiopedia covers topics like: „Are girls less important than boys?“ - „Why should girls strive for good education?“ - „Why should girls wait to get married and have children?“


The Fact

Children under 5 years old account for nearly 90 % of deaths from diarrhoea worldwide.

How Audiopedia helps

Audiopedia provides information like: „What is diarrhoea and why is it dangerous for my child?“ - „How can I prevent diarrhoea?“ - „How can I protect my family in case of a disease outbreak?“


The Fact

Girls in Cameroon miss on average 4 school days every month only because they lack information about menstrual hygiene.

How Audiopedia helps

Audiopedia answers important questions of young girls, such as: „How does my body change during puberty?“ - „How can I care for myself during my monthly bleeding?“ - „What can I do to reduce pain with monthly bleeding?“


The Fact

Every single day, 800 women die during childbirth worldwide.

How Audiopedia helps

Audiopedia covers topics like: „Why should I go to prenatal check-ups?“ - „How can I stay healthy during pregnancy?“ - „Why can early pregnancy be dangerous for me?“


The Fact

225 million women worldwide want but do not have access to modern contraception.

How Audiopedia helps

Audiopedia helps them by providing information like: „What are natural methods of family planning?“ - „Which traditional methods of family planning do not work or can be harmful?“ - „How to prevent death from unsafe abortion?“


The Fact

In India 70% of women experience either physical or sexual violence in their lifetime.

How Audiopedia helps

Audiopedia provides answers to questions like: „What can I do for my safety?“ - „How can I defend myself?“ - „What can I do if I have been raped?“


The Fact

Suicide has become the leading killer of teenage girls worldwide.

How Audiopedia helps

Audiopedia covers topics such as: „What are warning signals for an impending suicide?“ - „What can I do if I feel suicidal?“ - „What can I do if someone I know is suicidal?“


The Fact

African women usually work 16 hours each day - twice as long as men.

How Audiopedia helps

Audiopedia includes important information for their safety at work such as: „How can I prevent health problems from lifting and carrying heavy loads?“ - „How can I prevent health problems from working with chemicals?“


The Fact

In 2015 5.9 million children worldwide died before their fifth birthday - many of them from entirely preventable causes.

How Audiopedia helps

Audiopedia provides vital information for mothers regarding child care such as: „Why can other than breastfeeding be harmful for my baby?“ - „What immunizations does my child need?“ - „How can I prevent my child from injuries?“

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