Using technology to build citizen-led social movements, we create transformational change on a regional, national and international level.
We believe sustainable, positive social change can only occur when citizens are empowered to raise their voices. We support people, many with direct experience of the injustice and inequality, to lead campaigns tackling issues affecting their countries and communities.
Recognizing there are movements and issues that transcend borders and affect multiple regions, we coordinate a series of international projects, with a current focus on women's rights and democratic participation.
OUR WORK IN INDIA
Women's Movement Building
Connecting women as agents of change, leveraging their critical mass to build winning campaigns and becoming life-long activists for equal rights.
Learning and data
Our learning work seeks to understand how technology driven, citizen-led campaigning is changing political and social landscapes. We are working to understand how people directly affected by issues become campaign leaders and how communities incubate social movements.
In Asia and Latin America, Change.org is the largest online open campaigning platform. We support Change.org users and campaigns with in-country expertise, engaging millions of people in campaigns that change national narratives. Campaigns are started on any issue, from local efforts to install safe street lights to international cooperation to end violence against women. Through our work, people are able to take action, support campaigns and make change happen.
Powerful campaigns around the world
Challenging Internet Censorship
In Thailand, a young man started a Change.org campaign against the military government’s plan to impose a single internet gateway. With public political meetings outlawed, people gathered online to oppose the gateway that would combine all internet access channels into one central government-controlled point. Over 150,000 people came together around this campaign, launching a free speech movement that remains active in Thailand, fighting government censorship.
Legal Recognition for Single Mothers
In India, children of single mothers were often unable to obtain passports due to rules requiring recognition of the father. Priyanka Gupta, a single mother, started a Change.org campaign to recognize single mothers as sole guardians in passports. Supported by over 100,000 people, Priyanka’s petition spurred other single women to share their stories and generated significant media attention. The Ministry of External Affairs then announced new simplified passport rules recognizing single parents as sole guardians in Indian passports.
Changing the health law
In Argentina, Mariela’s baby daughter is dependent on a life support machine. After a major power outage threatened her daughter’s life, she started a campaign on Change.org to get a generator from the local electricity company. Over 20,000 people supported her and Mariela got her generator. But she realized more needed to be done to protect other people like her daughter all across Argentina. She started a campaign to change the law in the national Congress that over 88,000 people supported. One year later, Congress passed a law guaranteeing a back-up generator to every person in Argentina on life support.
Holding political parties to account
After the Mexican earthquake in 2017, Begoña Hernáiz and Alfredo Aguirre started campaigns asking Mexican political parties to donate the funds they would have spent advertising for the election, to the reconstruction efforts. Over 3 million people supported the campaigns and the Mexican electoral commission issued a statement of support. Political parties responded promising to contribute a percentage of their election promotional budgets to the reconstruction efforts.
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