Avaaz is a global civic organization based in the United States. It was founded in 2007 with the aim of advocating for human and animal rights; and promoting global activism on poverty, corruption, violence, among other global issues.
Avaaz is the Persian word for “voice.”It also means so in several other European, Middle Eastern and Asian languages. Avaaz community not only yearns to bring together citizens of various nations worldwide in one voice but also unites them towards transforming the world we are living in, to the world that everyone wants. It has made a significant achievement on this and has been considered by the Guardian as the largest and most robust online activist network internationally.
To achieve the community’s goal, Avaaz provides a platform for campaigning on pressing global issues. And considering that people have different ideologies and this being a reason for the fragmentation of various organizations, Avaaz allows members to participate in campaigns of their choice. This way, they will be able to advocate for what they are comfortable and at ease with, and not conflict with one another.
Avaaz community does not accept donations from governments or corporate organizations because the community likes to remain independent. This way, they will not be inclined to follow a particular party’s ideologies because they provided funds. However, the organization accepts donations from its members. It also has a standing administration that has ensured its development and advancement over the years.
Technology has significantly boosted the growth of Avaaz since the Internet is a swift and sure way of bringing people together towards a primary goal. The community can organize campaigns fast, and act on pressing issues within a short time because technological advances have brought changes to how things are done. The community campaigns in fifteen languages and has thousands of volunteers.