After first joining forces with The Women's March, HEAR ME RAW has now announced its latest partnership with Global Citizen. According to Mike Indursky, Founder + CEO of HEAR ME RAW, "Given our mission of doing what's best for people's health and well-being, women's rights and the environment, I couldn't think of a more ideal partner than the cause-oriented and hugely successful and awe-inspiring Global Citizen."
For those who don't know what Global Citizen is all about and the overwhelming contributions they've made in the world, read below, in their own words.
They've advocated for better access to water and sanitation in India, called on Canada to invest in education in emergencies, and joined Rihanna to call for the education of millions of girls around the world.
They’ve fought plastic pollution in oceans, promoted vaccination in South Africa, and pushed for expanding access to reproductive rights. After these campaigns are announced, they undergo rigorous accountability assessments by the Global Citizen team.
Beyond working to improve the world, Global Citizens have also attended music festivals with some of the biggest artists in the world — Beyoncé, Green Day, Kendrick Lamar, to name a few — because every time they take action, they earn points that can be redeemed for concerts and other cultural events.
Since the Global Citizen movement began, Global Citizens have helped to secure more than $48 billion in commitments from governments, corporations, and private foundations to address a broad range of issues that has affected the lives of over 880 million people to date.
That makes it seem like Global Citizens are super activists. And while some of them are, most are regular folks who want to help solve major problems, while also hanging out with Rihanna in their free time.
Global Citizen campaigns to improve all of the conditions that determine a person’s welfare and people are able to learn about these topics on our website, through the app, and at events like music festivals. Next, they’re able to take actions such as signing petitions or sending emails to government officials to show their support and call for change.
If enough Global Citizens take part in a campaign, governments, institutions, and private sector organizations can be pressured to make lasting changes, whether it’s by committing money to girls' education or amending laws.
Leaders are held accountable for their commitments. The Global Citizen team monitors each commitment to make sure they’re being achieved. You can check out their impact reports here.
Sometimes campaigns target specific, short-term goals, while other times they’re aimed at more systemic change.
Global Citizens have taken hundreds of thousands of actions and had enormous successes over the past several years including:
- The Indian government announced that it would end open defecation for 550 million people following more than 2 million festival actions from Global Citizens and government officials in Nigeria also announced initiatives to end open defecation as well
- Level the Law, which seeks to repeal sexist laws around the world that prevent women from owning land, getting a divorce, filing sexual assault claims, and even obtaining citizenship papers.
- 43,000 Global Citizens called on Pfizer to lower the price of its pneumonia vaccine for humanitarian purposes and company quickly agreed to do so, potentially saving the lives of tens of thousands of refugee children.
- Global Citizen has campaigned to eradicate polio worldwide, and in late 2017, the Canadian government agreed to commit $100 million to the cause.
- When US President Donald Trump announced that the country would stop funding family planning efforts around the world in early 2017, Global Citizen helped to rally an international coalition to fill the ensuing funding gap. In less than a month, the #SheDecides campaign raised $190 million from public and private partnerships.
- Around the world, just 1% of the supply contracts from corporations go to women-owned businesses, and Global Citizen brought this injustice to the attention of major corporations like UPS, Walmart, and Johnson & Johnson. After roughly 30,000 Global Citizens called on these companies to increase gender parity across their supply chains, all three committed $100 million each to purchasing from women-owned businesses over the next three years. Marriott International upped the ante in 2019, pledging $100 million to women-owned businesses. When Global Citizens call on national governments and leaders to pledge real change in areas such as women’s health and rights, education, and the environment, the world responds.
During the 2017 Global Citizen Festival more than 1.6 million Global Citizens took action that led to $3.2 billion in commitments.
Global Citizen returned to Central Park in 2018 and secured $7.6 billion in commitments after 2.1 million actions were taken by Global Citizens. Among the accomplishments:
- Norway pledged $200 million to fight ocean plastic
- Gambia vowed to repeal all the sexist laws that it had on the books, and the Asian Development Bank committed $6.1 billion to water and sanitation initiatives
- The United States committed $1.2 billion to the fight against HIV/AIDS
- South Africa vowed to ensure universal free education for children living in poverty
- Nigerian leaders vowed to end open defecation in the country
- Germany increased its efforts in the fight against hunger
At the 2019 Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, nearly $1 billion in commitments were secured thanks to more than 1 million actions taken by Global Citizens:
- Nigerian governors pledged over $175 million towards clean water and sanitation
- Antigua and Barbuda’s prime minister announced a new approach to curtailing plastic pollution
- World leaders pledged over $200 million to providing education for children living in conflict and crisis areas, among many other commitments
To reward Global Citizens for taking action, we offer access to our festivals, which have taken place in the US, India, the UK, Germany, Canada, and South Africa. We also have tickets available for music, comedy, and sporting events in cities all over the world.
Global Citizen festivals and events also offer public and private sector leaders a stage on which they can announce commitments they’re making toward our issues.
And this year is set to be the biggest one yet.
Last September, Global Citizen, in partnership with Teneo, launched Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream. The 2020 campaign aims to mobilize an additional $350 billion in global commitments annually to eradicate extreme poverty. The campaign will culminate on Sept. 26, 2020, with a historic 10-hour global media event that we hope will inspire Global Citizens around the world.
We’re calling on everyday citizens, corporations, governments, and philanthropists to really commit to achieving the Global Goals — and the dream of a world without extreme poverty.
So join us and join them and help us ll make the world a better place.