It is difficult to believe that a major European political figure today can still publicly proclaim that women are not as smart as men, are weaker than men, and therefore, should be paid less.
But that’s just what JanuszKorwin-Mikke, a far-right Polish member of the European Parliament, did during a recent debate in this important government body.
Radicals like Korwin-Mikke might never face consequences for holding such dangerous and backwards views if it were not for organizations like Avaaz. The group quickly mobilized hundreds of thousands of activists who put together a petition of 935,000 names to suspend Korwin-Mikke.
The result was an unprecedented set of penalties for the Polish politician which included a suspension of his parliamentary allowance for 30 days (about $11,000) and a 10-day suspension from all parliamentary work. He was further suspended from representing parliament for a full year.
This sordid event is proof that Avaaz is an activist organization that truly gets things done and can sway what happens at the highest levels of world government.
Avaaz is an online activist group with tens of millions of members. They sign up at the groups Internet site to take on the positive social cause of their choice. That cause might be fighting the blatant sexism and racism as demonstrated in the above case. But Avaaz is also advocating for a wide array of causes that represent some of the most pressing problems of the world today.
For example, Avaaz members are working hard on climate change, fighting poverty, countering the brutality of autocratic governments, working for minority rights, helping war refugees, fighting the degradation of rain forests and ocean water, keeping the media free and honest – and much, much more.
Avaaz is powerful because it gives voice to ordinary people living anywhere in the world. That’s what the word Avaaz means: “Voice.” Since forming in 2007, Avaaz has grown into the world’s largest and most effective online activist group.
Every day, Avaaz brings together tens of millions of people who prove consistently that when people organize and take action, positive change can become reality.
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