Avaaz’s Strong Stance on Atrocities
Avaaz is an organization highly dedicated to global activism. From human rights to animal rights, Avaaz is seeking to liberate the victims of atrocities. Avaaz repels against corruption, poverty and social conflict. They interact with their members through petitions, videos and social media exposure. Avaaz was founded in 2007. The name “Avaaz” was selected from the Sanskrit meaning of “voice.” Ricken Patel is the CEO of Avaaz. There are seven co-founders of Avaaz: Ricken Patel, Tom Pravda, Tom Perriello, Eli Pariser, David Madden, Jeremy Heimans and Andrea Woodhouse.
Ricken Patel studied politics, economics and philosophy at Oxford University and Balliol College. Patel spent many years working with the International Crisis Group. He traveled to places like Sierra Leone, Sudan, and Afghanistan, in order to gain firsthand experience. He became educated and well-versed in restoring hope and peace to the victims corrupt governments. Since the year 2009, Avaaz has refused all donations from corporations and investors. Their funding is solely generated from dedicated members of the organization. They have raised over 20 million in profit.
Avaaz’s Bold and Unapologetic Actions
Avaaz actively supported the uprise following the Syrian Civil War. Avaaz managed to smuggle $2 million worth of medical treatments and equipments into rebel areas of Syria. The also smuggled 34 of their best internationally accredited journalist to the scene of the tradegy. Avaaz endorsed the no-fly zone over Libya in 2011. The military intervened, and Avaaz was subsequently criticized in the media for their choices. However, Avaaz’s leaders were confident and unapologetic about their actions. Avaaz’s goal is to bridge the gap between all forms of injustice. Avaaz strongly advocates for human compassion, as well as for peace to be restored on the global scale.