Advocacy and Research
Aura Freedom is involved in numerous advocacy initiatives in Canada and globally that advance the human rights of women and girls, create policy change, and work to end gender-based violence and human trafficking for good. Everything we do is to bring our vision of freedom from violence for all women and girls to life.
recent ADVOCACY activities
relentless resilience – a beijing +25 Canadian parallel report The Grassroots has spoken. In February 2020, Aura Freedom submitted an official Beijing +25 Canadian Parallel Report with a focus on gender-based violence entitled ‘Relentless Resilience. Relentless Resilience is a Beijing +25 Parallel Report that calls for holistic change to address the root causes of gender-based violence (gender inequity, systemic racism,
gbv across the sDgs – A beijing +25 initiative #EndGBVtoAchieveSDGs Gender-based violence is a National Emergency in Canada. It is affecting every single aspect of Canadian life and the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Grassroots groups have been advocating for change for a long time. We can’t wait any longer. Gender-based violence is impacting families, communities and entire countries. While
Ontario Government Human Trafficking Roundtables In 2019, Aura Freedom participated in a series of roundtables with the Ontario Provincial Government to inform their new strategy to address human trafficking in the province. As usual, we made sure to advocate for the most marginalized groups and for the strategy to address gender inequality, colonialism, and other root causes of sexual exploitation.
City of Toronto Human Trafficking Consultation and Submission to City Council In May 2019, the City of Toronto’s END TRAFFICKING T.O. division submitted a report on Supporting Survivors of Human Trafficking. Aura Freedom was asked to participate in the City’s consultations implemented to make sure the voices of community stakeholders were incorporated into the report, which also recognized mentioned Aura Freedom’s Peer Prevention Project. Aura
Consulting for Canada’s National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking In March 2018, Aura Freedom presented to the Federal Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights for their national human trafficking study. Our recommendations focused on how gender inequality, systemic racism and other root causes perpetuate violence against women and girls and human trafficking. In September 2018, the Canadian Federal Government concluded the study with a
Housing for Human Trafficking Victims In 2018, Toronto’s Ministry of Housing made changes to its Housing Services Act to better support survivors of human trafficking and give survivors priority access. These amendments came about after a consultation with community organizations working with trafficking survivors, including Aura Freedom.