Forced to marry her rapist — days until the big vote‏

16 year-old Amina Filali, raped, beaten and forced to wed her rapist, killed herself — the only way she saw to escape the trap set for her by her rapist and Moroccan law. We’ve joined Moroccan activists, campaigning for years to repeal this provision, and now victory is within reach. This week, one last vote could make it happen. Article 475 in Morocco’s penal code allows a rapist to avoid prosecution and a long prison sentence by marrying his victim if she is a minor. It’s any rape … [Read more...]

Scientist Julienne Stroeve, 24 months to save the world‏

This may be the most important email I've ever written to you. Scientist Julienne Stroeve has studied Arctic ice for decades. Every summer she travels to north to measure how much ice has melted. She knows that climate change is melting the ice fast, but a recent trip surprised even her. Vast areas of Arctic ice have disappeared, beyond our worst expectations. This is what the experts warned us about. As the earth warms, it creates many "tipping points" that accelerate the warming out of … [Read more...]

Ana Paula Trapped in a Russian Jail – closing in on 1 million!‏

Over 960,000 have signed in a few days and some countries are speaking out -- let's hit a million!   Dear friends,   Ana Paula and 29 of her Greenpeace crewmates are trapped in a Russian jail for trying to save the Arctic from oil drilling. But our community could set them free if we help Greenpeace build a massive global outcry targeting Russia’s biggest global partners.   Let’s reach 1 million to free the Arctic 30 -- sign now by clicking below:   Ana Paula … [Read more...]

People Power Take Action! ~ Start a Campaign @ Avaaz

People power is burgeoning around the world like never before. And from Brazil to Turkey and now Egypt, Avaaz members are at the heart of the groundbreaking movements that are reshaping our world.  In Brazil, hundreds of Avaazers, from a 22 year-old student to a veteran Senator, have started their own petitions to tackle corruption from the communities to the capital. As millions take to the streets, millions more are flocking online to support the petitions started by Avaaz members. And … [Read more...]

SIGN HERE NOW – The Authority to Rape‏

My name is Laila and I'm a journalist. I recently wrote a story about a young woman brutally 'gang-raped' by government soldiers in Somalia, hoping that her bravery in telling such a painful story would bring attention to the awful rape problem there. Instead, the government used my article to jail a rape victim and another journalist covering the story for ‘insulting the state’! I wrote about a Somali woman brutally gang-raped by government soldiers to bring attention to the awful … [Read more...]

END THE WAR ON WOMEN – PLEDGE TODAY

Wow, incredible response! We’ve already exceeded our initial goal of 25,000 pledges, let’s supercharge our impact -- with 45,000 pledges, we can drive more misogynist politicians from office! Pledge now to massively boost the campaign! Violent and abusive men often use their power to obstruct reforms that would protect women. Incredibly, 260 Indian politicians charged with violence against women are fighting off a proposal to make them step down. Avaaz will collect donations only … [Read more...]

Avaaz , if 1 million of us join forces … Take Action

She was a 23-year-old physical therapy student who boarded a bus in Delhi last month. Six men locked the door, and savagely raped her for hours, including with a metal rod. They dumped her naked in the street, and after bravely fighting for her life, she died last weekend. Across India, people are responding in massive protests to say enough is enough. In India a woman is raped every 22 minutes, and few see justice. Globally, a staggering 7 in 10 women will be physically or sexually abused in … [Read more...]

Avaaz, Stop Child Labor NOW, a slave at five

India is stalling the toughest child labour law in its history... because politicians say it’s not a ‘priority’! But the majority of MPs support it and all they need is a massive public push to bring it to a vote. Let´s raise our voices for India´s children. Sign Now The Indian Parliament is closing without passing the toughest child labor law in its history. Worse, the bill is supported by the majority of MPs, but it was ignored for weeks, because they felt it was not a … [Read more...]

Avaaz, ‘We are all Syrians now‏…’

Dear friends, Assad’s ruthless massacre of civilians in his attempt to crush the Syrian Spring is escalating. But a new international coalition led by Arab League members is meeting in 4 days and is our best hope to stop the bloodshed. Avaaz has a seat at the table and can bring the voices of world citizens directly to decision-makers.Let's call on the coalition to end the violence now: With each passing day, Syria's crackdown on democracy protesters reaches new levels of … [Read more...]

ACTA: The new threat to the net

Dear friends, A new global treaty could allow corporations to police everything that we do on the Internet. Last week 3 million of us successfully pushed back the US censorship bills -- if we act now, we can get the EU Parliament to bury this new threatto all of us: Last week, 3 million of us beat back America's attack on our Internet! -- but there is an even bigger threat out there, and our global movement for freedom online is perfectly poised to kill it for good. ACTA -- a … [Read more...]

Avaaz – We’re Winning !

Avaaz is on fire, at 10.5 million people and rising fast. But we're also deepening our activism -- and with the combination of depth and huge numbers, we're winning, over and over again. Scroll down to see some great examples from the last several weeks. We're not just effectively delivering petitions, we're running safe houses and smuggling routes to protect democratic movements, challenging corporations by bringing lawsuits or calling all their shareholders, donating millions to equip human … [Read more...]

Avaaz – The planet is dying‏ – Take Action !!!

Dear friends, Our planet is dying and big oil companies have key nations in their pockets, blocking any chance of a climate treaty. We have 48 hours before UN talks end -- let's call on the EU, Brazil and China to leadus towards a deal to save the planet! Click here to sign the urgent petition: Our oceans are dying, our air changing, and our forests and grasslands turning to deserts. From fish and plants to wildlife to human beings, we are killing the planet that sustains us, … [Read more...]

Avaaz – ‘ … censor the world’s Internet ? ‘

Right now, the US Congress is debating a law that would give them the power to censor the world's Internet -- creating a blacklist that could target YouTube, WikiLeaks and even Avaaz! Now if we stand with key members of the US Congress, we can defeat this attempt at global Internet censorship. Click here and help build an unprecedented global petitionfor a free and open Internet: Right now, the US Congress is debating a law that would give them the power to censor the world's Internet … [Read more...]

Syria – no blood for oil‏ , Avaaz.org ~ Take Action!

Syria - no blood for oil‏ , Avaaz.org   Syria’s bloody crackdown is fueled by oil revenue from Europe. EU-wide oil sanctions would cripple Syria’s ability to continue the killing.Click here to demand EU leaders impose immediate oil sanctions: For months, Syria's brutal President Assad has paid henchmen to wage war on his own people. Governments across the world have condemned these atrocities, but key European leaders could cut off the cash flow that finances this … [Read more...]

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