Avaaz, roughly translated to voice in some linguistics, has been the voice of the voiceless for the last ten years. It has been argued for a long time now that the world we live in today is not the world we would have wanted if we were presented with a choice. In fact, we would be living in the world we all aspire if at all the necessary steps were made in closing the social gap that divides us. Those steps are the ones Avaaz has been seeking to undertake on behalf of the general populace. The organization is non-profit NGO based in America, but with activities across the globe.
The Organization’s Leadership
The organization has been very vocal in standing up against social and historical injustices. Through sponsoring petitions and demonstrations, the organization has been able to deliver on its mandate. Its leadership team constitutes of some of the world’s most respected activists such as Tom Pravda, Tom Perriello, Eli Pariser, and Ricken Patel. Patel- an alumnus of Oxford University and Harvard University- serves as the CEO. He has been in involved in peace accord negotiations in crisis-hit nations such as in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, and Sudan. Avaaz is also supported by several organizations such as Res Publica, an organization that advocates for good governance, and MoveOn.Org- a firm that crusades for progressive public policy in America. Service Employees the International Union has also got ties with Avaaz.
Avaaz has teams of foot soldiers and campaigners in 30 different countries. It’s through these teams that the organization manages its operations in these countries. All teams are coordinated from the headquarters in America, with communication messages relayed through emails.
The organization has led many successful campaigns across the world. It actively took part in the Iranian presidential elections of 2009. Before and during the Syrian Civil War, the organization provided the liberalists with a communication platform as well as with medicines and other basics.
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