RECENT ADVOCACY AND NEWS
Exploitation Doesn’t Stop for a Pandemic. May 2020: What does COVID-19 mean to women currently being trafficked, or to survivors who are seeking services? As an organization addressing human trafficking in Canada and beyond, we knew that COVID-19 would have devastating effects on trafficked women and girls*. *Please note the following article refers to trafficked women and children in the sex
COVID-19 is New. Gender-Based Violence Isn’t For women around the world who experience violence in their homes, every day is an emergency. Every day is life or death. For these women and their children, the COVID-19 crisis presents complex health risks that go beyond the disease itself. UN Secretary-General António Guterres recently called the global surge in domestic violence due to country lockdowns “horrifying.” He’s right. The truth is, gender-based violence (GBV) has always been horrifying. But now, with governments mandating social distancing and
Gender-Based Violence Across the SDGs – A Beijing +25 Initiative Gender-based violence is an emergency in Canada and around the world. 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
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,
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.