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WHO WE ARE
Created in the name of gender equality, Aura Freedom is a women-led and survivor-centred Canadian charity that promotes the human rights of women and girls and combats inequality, gender-based violence (GBV) and sexual exploitation.
Through education, advocacy, prevention, support and empowerment, Aura Freedom has implemented sustainable projects addressing gender-based violence in both Canada and South Asia. We have seen firsthand that simply educating women and girls on their human rights empowers them to resist long-standing societal norms of gender inequality and the resulting implications, and live a life of good health and inclusiveness.
Aura Freedom is a champion for grassroots action. We are a non-governmental organization with no religious ties seeking to create long-lasting, systemic change. We are of the firm belief that when women and girls are educated and empowered, they become catalysts for positive change whose success benefits everyone around them.
Addressing the root causes of violence against women, gender inequality and exploitation is a fundamental part of Aura Freedom's work. As an organization, we go deep.
Because if we do not address the root causes, then we will simply be doing damage control for the rest of our lives. There is so much dismantling to do and it is not done easily. When we look at solutions to violence against women and exploitation, we must look under the dirt, at the roots: gender inequality, colonialism, systemic racism, homophobia, transphobia, capitalism and more.
There is no quick fix. We have to be in this for the long haul, and anyone doing this work knows that.
It is important to note that with regards to human trafficking, Aura Freedom does not engage in “Rescue Industry” activities. We meet survivors where they are, recognizing their diverse backgrounds, decisions and choices. We are committed to ensure that our efforts to counter human trafficking do not negatively impact other groups of oppressed and marginalized persons, nor do we perpetuate a harmful and patriarchal 'victim narrative' that supports a very narrow understanding of what trafficking and trafficked persons look like.