These are some answers to commonly asked questions

Why was AWAA founded?

The women who founded AWAA strongly believe that girls and women deserve their own socio-cultural spaces to form communities and discuss issues relevant to females only, so they built a place to do so.

Where can I learn more?

See our Resources page for a list of websites curated to provide information and tools to girls and women in need, as well as a reading list created to foster understanding about women's sex-based rights. 

Is AWAA affiliated with any political organizations?

AWAA is not affiliated with any political organizations, parties, or other social movements. Because we have diverse backgrounds, we are united in defending women's sex-based rights.

How is AWAA going to improve the lives of women and girls?

As a secular, non-partisan coalition, AWAA has three goals: 

1. Connect with representatives in municipal, provincial, and federal governments to protect and advocate for the support of the health, safety, and rights of women and girls as enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms; 

2. Provide useful resources for evidence-based information on sex-specific issues such as the reality of female biology and human sexual reproduction; the rights of girls and women to have female-only spaces and opportunities; the history of the women who fought for our sex-based rights; how these rights are being affected by gender identity ideology and sexism in the present day; and 

3. Provide support to Albertan women and girls through community outreach to bring female citizens together and foster dialogue.

How can I help?

You can become a member of AWAA  or donate online here. You can also contact your local members of government to let them know how you feel about women's sex-based rights; see Resources for ways to find contact information for your local government representatives.

Are men welcome at AWAA? How can men help?

We welcome the support of men as our allies. Men can volunteer at AWAA events and are encouraged to make monetary donations if possible. Because women share the lived experience of growing up in a world where our female bodies are objectified and commercialized, AWAA's membership is limited to women on the basis of sex. 

What about the Charter? Doesn't it protect women's rights?

Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms provides equality rights in Canada:

15. (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.

Section 15 applies to government action in the form of legislation, regulations, directions, policies, programs, activities and the actions of government agents carried out under lawful authority. It establishes that every Canadian, regardless of sex, is to be treated with equal respect, dignity and consideration as governments must not discriminate on any of these grounds in its laws or programs.

However, this provision has been thwarted by introduction of the many and varied and ill-defined concepts surrounding "gender," which is distinct from the biological and immutable category of "sex," into federal and provincial legislation. The lack of clarity, prioritization, and definitions in legislation means that women can no longer assert their sex-based rights to respect, dignity, and safety.

The undefined concept of "gender" has substantially replaced "sex" in most human rights legislation, criminal legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures. This has resulted in public and private companies and organizations being forced to follow suit as they form policies and procedures based on the many amorphous and changing concepts of gender, without thought, care, or consultation to women's sex-based rights to respect, dignity, and safety, putting women and children at risk.

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