Conflict Resolution

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Posted by omeditors | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 20-07-2017

“There is a lot that happens around the world we cannot control. We cannot stop earthquakes, we cannot prevent droughts, and we cannot prevent all conflict, but when we know where the hungry, the homeless and the sick exist, then we can help.”

U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky’s sincere take on world activism powerfully evokes the thoughts and feelings of multitudes. And among those who share her sentiment, are the heralded activist group Avaaz.org.

‘Avaaz’ means ‘voice’ in various middle eastern and European countries. And Avaaz.org’s mission is to give people from all over the world just that – a voice to be heard. Since 2007, Avaaz has been focused on getting people to stand up for themselves and take action. Currently, their outreach spans about 6 continents and 15 languages.

Avaaz accomplishes this with the use of various tactics that range from public petitions, videos, and emails to sit-ins, rallies and media stunts. They target world issues that center around climate change, human rights, corruption, animal rights, poverty, and conflict.

One of their most notable examples of this was on full display when Avaaz took a myriad of cardboard pigs to the World Health Organization, in an effort to demand an investigation into the possible links between swine flu and enormous pig farms. The number of protesters that turned out was absolutely astounding! It’s said that activists lined up for over a 3-mile stretch, from the Dalai Lama to the Chinese embassy in London to initiate talks between the two sides.

So as you can see, Avaaz is certainly no stranger to controversy. And by looking at their unique approach to conflict resolution throughout the world, it’s safe to say that the best is yet to come!

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