Often times we overlook issues plaguing the earth. With so much going on in our daily lives and the news often covering violence, we sometimes forget how important global activism is. Issues such as human rights, animal rights, and climate change must be taken seriously. Luckily, there are organizations that spread the message. One of them is Avaaz. The U.S.-based civic organization was launched in Jan. 2007. Back in March 2012, The Guardian’s chief reporter Ed Pilkington called Avaaz “the globe’s largest and most powerful online activist network.”
The word Avaaz means “voice” in many European, Middle Eastern, and Asian languages. Currently, Avaaz campaigns in 17 languages and has a core team in six continents. Thousands of volunteers are on board with the organization to assist the global cause.
Avaaz was co-founded by Res Publica. The individual co-founders are Ricken Patel, Tom Pravda, Tom Perriello, Eli Pariser, David Madden, Jeremy Heimans, and Andrea Woodhouse. Patel is officially the founding president and CEO of Avaaz. He received a Masters degree in Public Policy from Harvard University.
The mission of Avaaz is clear and has been since 2007. The organization hopes to aid citizens in closing the gap between the world we live in today, and the world they want to see. Avaaz encourages millions to take a stand and spread the word on global issues that are often overlooked.
A goal of Avaaz is to unite practical idealists from across the globe. Avaaz has succeeded in aiding refugees with an increase in global support.