RECENT ADVOCACY AND NEWS

An Award From the City of Toronto

Aura Freedom Awarded Mayor’s Community Safety Award Recognition from our hometown of Toronto. We’ve been recognized by the City of Toronto with a Mayor’s Community Safety Award for our Peer Prevention Project preventing sexual exploitation and gender-based violence among youth. The grassroots is where the magic happens. Happy to see the City of Toronto honouring small, grassroots groups doing heavy

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Highlighting GBV Prevention & Equity at Toronto’s SAFE TO Consultations

To Keep Toronto Safe, We Must Prevent GBV and Trafficking In March 2021, Aura Freedom was invited to participate in the City of Toronto’s Safe TO Consultations for both the gender-based violence sector and the counter-human trafficking sector. As always, we brought an intersectional feminist voice to the consultations and advocated for the City of Toronto to prioritize equity-advancing education, projects

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Aura Freedom’s Analysis of the 2021 Federal Budget

Our Analysis of the 2021 Federal Budget On Monday April 19th, Chrystia Freeland, the first-ever woman to hold the title of Federal Minister of Finance, released the Federal Budget for 2021-2022. Women are mentioned often in Budget 2021-22, which sees a plan for universal child care, historic investments for Indigenous and Black communities, and funding for a long-awaited National Action

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Relentless Resilience 2 – The Grassroots Speaks Again

Relentless Resilience 2 – The Grassroots Speaks Again Grassroots consultations for a National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence    Aura Freedom’s original Relentless Resilience report highlighted numerous grassroots voices and the voices of GBV survivors. It also outlined the urgent need for a National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence. In January 2021, the Government of Canada recognized the

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Freedom Needs Truth

Freedom Needs Truth – An Open Letter Endorsed by Aura Freedom So many voices coming together! Aura Freedom has been very vocal about the harms caused by sensational and untrue theories of human trafficking circulating on social media.  Freedom Needs Truth is a coalition of organizers, including Aura Freedom, dedicated to fighting human trafficking, who are warning about the dangers

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The Children of Pornhub-An Open Thank You Letter to Nicholas Kristoff

The Children of Pornhub – An Open Thank You Letter to Nicholas Kristof Photo credit: Nicholas Kristof   I have followed the journalist Nicholas Kristof for years. As someone working to eradicate gender-based violence and exploitation, his writing has always spoken to me. Never sensational. Fact-based. Compassionate. Human. His coverage of wartime sexual violence, human trafficking and other forms of

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