recent EVENTS

‘Reclaiming Power’ – A Webinar on Human Trafficking and Violence Against Indigenous Women in Canada

reclaiming power – a conversation on human trafficking and violence Against indigenous women in canada In July 2020, Aura Freedom participated in the ‘Reclaiming Power’ forum for a conversation on human trafficking and violence against Indigenous women in Canada hosted by She Leads from Ontario Tech University.  Our Executive Director Marissa Kokkoros provided a (very) crash course on what human trafficking

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#MeToo Conference – Iceland

#MeToo moving forward Conference – Iceland In September we attended the ‘#MeToo Moving Forward’ conference in Iceland on the impact of the #MeToo movement. We attended workshops and sessions led by fellow feminists, activists, academics, and government officials including the Prime Minister of Iceland Katrín Jakobsdóttir. A highlight was meeting American political activist Angela Davis and engaging with feminists and change-makers from around the world. The conference was

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Standing up for Survivors Wartime Sexual Violence

standing up for survivors of wartime sexual violence In August 2019, we stood in solidarity with the Sudanese women’s group Kandaka International for Women’s Rights to support Sudan’s survivors of wartime sexual violence. Our Executive Director gave a talk on sexual violence in conflict and presented an interview she had with survivor Vasfije Krasniqi-Goodman (photo below), a survivor of the war in

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Women Deliver 2019 Conference

women deliver 2019 conference, vancouver In 2019, Aura Freedom participated in the 2019 Women Deliver conference in Vancouver, Canada. Aura Freedom was a Bronze sponsor with a gorgeous booth in the Fuelling Station showcasing our work. Over 4 intense days, our team attended countless sessions and workshops with over 8,000 activists and feminists from 169 countries. Hundreds of feminists from around the globe stopped

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‘Walk a Mile in My Shoes’ – An Aura Freedom Special Event

walk a mile in my shoes – an aura freedom special event In May 2019 we hosted the experiential learning event “Walk a Mile in My Shoes” that raised awareness of the root causes of sexual exploitation and human trafficking and honoured survivors and their family members. Supported by the Department of Justice Canada and Lush Cosmetics North America, the event explored how marginalized communities in

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Women Deliver Mobilization Canada – Meeting with Minister Monsef

women deliver mobilization canada – meeting with minister monsef On May 21, we attended an event with The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and International Development, along with other members of Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada at BMO Canada to discuss the importance of the upcoming Women Deliver conference and how to keep the feminist movement going in the face of backlash. 

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Ontario Human Trafficking Awareness Day – 2019

ontario human trafficking awareness day – Feb 22, 2019 On February 22, 2019, our Youth Team participated in the Provincial Human Trafficking Awareness Day, organized by the Toronto Counter Human Trafficking Network. With other community partners including FCJ Refugee Centre, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto and the Rise Initiative, we spoke on a panel discussing human trafficking on Toronto and how to better support survivors and prevent trafficking before it

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Humber College – International Development Week

humber college international development week -guest lecture, photo exhibit & more In 2015 and 2016, Aura Freedom International was invited to attend International Development Week hosted by Humber College in Toronto where we interacted with a network of organizations, students, and individuals who are just as passionate as we are in contributing to positive change in the world. We showcased our work and

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