“We have no ideology per se. Our mission is to close the gap between the world we have and the world most people everywhere want. Idealists of the world unite,” Directer Ricken Patel, 2011.
A decade ago in January 2007, the United States based civic organization known as Avaaz came into being. This organization had the goal of raising global activism towards the issues of human rights, climate change, corruption, animal rights, poverty, and conflict. The organization has been called “the globe’s largest and most powerful online activist network” according to British newspaper The Guardian. The organization’s name originates from the Persian word آواز (âvâz) translating to either “voice” or “song” and both relate greatly to the goal behind the organization. Currently, Avaaz has 44 million members spread across the world in 194 countries with Brazil having the most members at a surprising number of 9,985,176.
So far, the Avaaz Organization has been able to claim a multitude of victories since their inception. Their Top 10 victories being; beginning the end of fossil fuels, helping several countries around the world maintain or save their net neutrality, helping create the most massive Marine reserve, putting up a resistance against Monsato, defeating Rupert Murdoch’s media merger, swiftly mobilizing aid to millions, kick starting the fight against corruption in Brazil, fighting to save the bees from harmful pesticides, working to provide for more and more refugees, and protecting the forests of the world.
Avaaz continues to exist and grow in the sake of righting the wrongs they’ve set out to fight. Their numbers continue to grow and their will to keep standing up for what they believe remains as strong as ever.
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