Billing itself as the world’s foremost online change agent, Avaaz.org has revolutionized activism since its inception in 2007. From human rights and climate change to corruption, poverty and ameliorating worldwide conflict, Avaaz has established itself as a clearinghouse of progressive reform over the past decade.
“The globe’s largest and most powerful activist network,” according to the UK’s Guardian, Avaaz (from the Persian word for “voice” or “song”) has inspired activists in at least 30 countries to unite for meaningful change. Causes Avaaz has championed include confronting Monsanto, pressuring governments worldwide on climate change, advocating on behalf of political refugees, and promoting peace in conflict zones. Avaaz supported Iran’s “Green Revolution,” by setting up proxy servers that allowed protestors to communicate and share video. The organization later supported a no-fly zone over Libya and aided the Syrian civil uprising, training activists and sending millions in aid for communications equipment and medical assistance.
Avaaz, with sites in 15 languages, was established to unite and empower idealists across the globe to make a collective difference in ways both large and small. From signing petitions and making small donations to citizen lobbying and public relations events intended to draw news coverage to important issues, Avaaz is intended to allow individuals to work together across borders and ideologies to make the world a better place. Using communication technology to draw together like-minded people, Avaaz aims to act as a megaphone, crowdsourcing advocacy for meaningful change on an international level.
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