Avaaz is a web movement and global organization that works to unite people around the world too promote global activism and tackle issues like human rights, animal rights, corruption, and politics. Founded in 2007, Avaaz has become a symbol of empowerment and hope, giving a voice to the voiceless. Avazz actually means “voice” in several languages.
The global initiative accepts individuals from all walks of life, no matter their race, religion, ethnicity, etc. The only requirement to be a member is that you must possess a strong desire to make the world a better place to live in for all. The core team of the Avaaz community operates in 6 of the 7 continents and campaigns in numerous languages with the help of thousands of volunteers. It has been dubbed the globe’s largest and most powerful online activist network by British daily newspaper The Guardian.
Avaaz is as much about taking action as talk. It is more than willing to do the necessary ground work needed to make a political statement. It employs campaign tactics that include online public petitions, sit-ins, rallies, and media friendly stunts. Avaaz even goes as far as to use advertisements to get its point across.
Avaaz has benefited largely as a group from the technological era we are living in. In previous years, international organizations and social movements with a likewise idealism found it much tougher to communicate and mobilize as well as tackle multiple issues at once. In the past, social movements would’ve had to address each separate issue one by one, year by year, and country by country.
It has been a decade since Avaaz was established and it still stands as a collective force with an unchanging prime set of values and conviction to do right by other human beings and the planet we live on.
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