Owning a mobile phone and having access to the internet can change lives. For women in developing countries, the internet can be a gateway to educational opportunities and help them build their confidence, self-esteem and self-determination.
Yet millions of women are unable to take advantage of the mobile internet. The main reasons for this are lack of literacy and digital skills. About 500 million women worldwide can neither read nor write.
We are leaving women behind in an increasingly connected world. Those who are most likely to benefit from mobile internet are still the furthest away from accessing it.
We can right this wrong by making the internet more inclusive. We can help create localized, relevant content and deliver it through accessible user interfaces.
This is what Open Source for Equality is all about.
The Open Source for Equality Initiative was founded and is managed by URIDU, an incorporated non-profit NGO (non-government organization). URIDU has been developing and pioneering accessible audio learning in the Global South since 2016. The organisation's goal is to make accessible audio learning a global driving force for women's empowerment and gender equality.