Avaaz Is Changing The World Every Day
Avaaz is a global civic organization that was launched in 2007 that brings millions of people from all walks of life together to take action on issues like human rights, animal rights, climate change, corruption, conflict, and poverty. The word Avazz means voice in several European, Middle Eastern and Asian languages, and the idea of the organization is to give a voice to the countless people who are not represented in the world in order to create a better world for everyone. Avaaz campaigns in 15 different languages, has thousands of volunteers, and its main team can be found on 6 different continents. By lobbying governments, taking part in protests, signing petitions, and funding campaigns run in different media, the group hopes to change the world.
Avaaz has made a huge impact on the world already and plans to continue to do so. The group supported the civil uprising that came after the Syrian Civil War by funding $1.5 million of internet communications equipment that was given to protestors. It also helped to train more activists and donated $2 million worth of medical equipment to rebels there. On top of this, Avaaz smuggled 34 international journalists into the area to shed more light on the situation and helped to evacuate a British Photographer who was injured. Avaaz also helped produce internet proxy servers that helped protestors get videos online during the 2009 Iranian presidential election protests.
The great thing about Avaaz is that it doesn’t have a core group of people that make decisions about what to protest and what not to protest or what to support and what not to support. Instead, Avaaz sends out emails that poll its members about what global issues they want to support or protest. It only chooses issues that a large majority of its members want to do something about. It is then that the group mobilizes and begins to change the world.