Gender-Based Violence Across the SDGs – A Beijing +25 Initiative

gender-based violence across the SDGs - a beijing +25 initiative


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 global heads of state convene to discuss struggling economies, migration, poverty, disease, and climate change, we at the grassroots level know that the eradication of gender-based violence and the empowerment of women and girls can bring increased wealth, health, peace and climate justice to our communities.

Click on the link below to view our snapshot of gender-based violence in Canada across the Sustainable Development Goals and join the movement to end GBV for the benefit of everyone on earth.


Relentless Resilience – A Beijing +25 Canadian Parallel Report

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 report that calls for holistic change to address the root causes of gender-based violence (gender inequity, systemic racism, colonialism, ableism, trans/homophobia, capitalism, etc.) and societal power imbalances that uphold the status quo. Our guiding framework is rooted in human rights activism, grassroots excellence, trauma and, of course, resilience. Relentless Resilience aims to highlight the most marginalized women and girls in Canada and the resiliency of them in response to violence, oppression, and indifference. 

Through interviews with frontline social workers and survivor stories from grassroots organizations in the City of Toronto, Canada, our Beijing +25 Parallel Report demonstrates how gender-based violence is impacting all 12 Areas of Critical Concern of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and hindering the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Relentless Resilience can be considered a point of reference for advocacy efforts that call for the eradication of gender-based violence throughout the entire year of Beijing +25, including CSW64 and the Generation Equality Forum taking place in Mexico and France in 2020, and beyond. 

Click here for the report: AF_RelentlessResilience_Beijing25_Cdn_ParallelRpt_Feb2020.pdf

Aura Freedom was accepted to present Relentless Resilience at the NGO Forum of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March 2020. Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, this event was cancelled, although our Beijing +25 efforts continue.

Project Impact Report – The Peer Prevention Project

the peer prevention project - impact report & Youth survey results

In 2019 only alone, Aura Freedom’s Peer Prevention Project operated in over 36 youth spaces across Toronto with 2,000+ participants to prevent gender-based violence and exploitation in the city.

From those 36 presentations, 19 survivors of sexual exploitation, human trafficking and sexual violence came forward and were referred to crucial services. 

For more stats and more information on the power of this project, check out / download our report: Aura Freedom’s Peer Prevention Project

Camp Sisterhood – A Photographic Account of a Post-Earthquake Project, Nepal

Camp sisterhood - a photographic account of a post-earthquake project, nepal

A stunning photographic look at Aura Freedom’s “Female Friendly Spaces”, a local intervention to prevent and address gender-based violence in post-earthquake Nepal.

Read and / or download the report here: Camp Sisterhood-Aura Freedom Post-Earthquake

In partnership with Apeiron Global

Photos by Mandy Glinsbockel, on assignment for Aura Freedom in Nepal

Funded by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives