Avaaz and its Influence on Global Issues

With just ten years in existence, Avaaz has a presence in over 194 countries. The organization estimates that it has over 44 million members, and it prides itself on using over 17 languages to reach its target audience. The U.S based civic organization is in the best place to champion global activism on issues such as climate change, corruption, poverty, and human rights among other pertinent concerns. The Guardian considers Avaaz “the globe’s largest and most powerful online activist network.”

When Avaaz was founded in 2007, the founders who include Res Publica, MoveOn.org, and Service Employees International Union strived to create a name that resonates well with their mission. Avaaz is a transliteration of the Persian word ‘’ âvâz.” The word stands for “voice’’ or “sound.” Avaaz is the voice of many people around the globe looking to raise their concerns to the right authorities and more information click here.

The civic organization’s success can be attributed to the efficient use of the internet. With over three billion people on the web, the organization has a huge audience. Some of the tools the organization uses to reach its members and to pass across their campaigns are emails, videos, online public petitions, and in rare cases advertisements. Members of Avaaz can initiate petitions. Online petitions started by members are scrutinized by a team of specialists who then send out tester emails to 10,000 Avaaz’s members. Depending on the response that the tester emails receive, a suggested petition may be opened for all Avaaz’s members or returned to the initiating member(s) for further refinement and what Avaaz knows.

With over ten years in global activism, Avaaz has successfully contributed to progressive courses. For example, Avaaz contributed to the achievement of the Paris Climate Accord, free and open internet, forest conservation, assisting refugees, saving bees from dangerous chemicals, and ocean conservation among other accomplishments and http://www.ngo-monitor.org/ngos/avaaz/.