August 2022 Newsletter

Join CanWaCH’s Board of Directors!

The CanWaCH Board of Directors supports good governance, accountability and the strategic direction of the organization. We are looking for enthusiastic leaders who can bring their passion and expertise to support CanWaCH’s initiatives and objectives. 

Get ready for Canada’s Gender Equality Week!  

Gender Equality Week in Canada is an annual opportunity to celebrate the important contributions women and gender diverse communities while paving the road forward towards equal futures for all. This year, Gender Equality Week is taking place from September 18-24. 

Stay tuned for more details about our activities to celebrate this important convening moment to advance gender equality in Canada and around the world. Already thinking about your own plans for the week? Add your event to our calendar! 

Leading Canadian aid organizations launch Aid for Afghanistan campaign

Islamic Relief Afghanistan distributed food pack containing flour, rice, oil, salt, sugar and pulses to 777 most vulnerable families in Kabul. The emergency response to food insecurity was funded by Islamic Relief Germany.

Conflict, extreme drought, and the COVID-19 pandemic have converged on the people of Afghanistan, with close to 23 million people in need of urgent humanitarian support, and 19.7 million people regularly going to bed hungry – including over 13 million children. 

Canadian aid organizations have come together to launch Aid for Afghanistan, a national campaign emphasizing the importance of removing barriers that are blocking the provision of lifesaving humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan for the past year. Learn more here.

Check out this sneak peek of the 2022 Anti-Racist Cooperation Report!

Ahead of the release of the 2022 Anti-Racist Cooperation (ARC) Annual Report, check out this one-page summary on the new ARC Hub website! The summary features key findings and recommendations from the 2022 ARC survey, including insights on administration and human resources, communication, advocacy, knowledge management and monitoring, evaluation, learning and program. 

In Review: International Youth Day 

In honour of International Youth Day on August 12, we caught up with Arissa Roy, the founder of Project Power Global, who spent the month of September 2021 sharing the seat with our CEO, Julia Anderson through Plan Canada’s Girls Belong Here program. Arissa spoke to us about the importance of connection and collaboration, the experience of working at CanWaCH, and shared advice and insights for organizations engaging youth. Read the blog here.

The day also saw us celebrate changemakers included in Future of Good’s 2022 list of Young Impact Leaders and engaged with our Equal Futures Network Initiative. Check out the blog here

Do you know of a changemaker between 14 and 24 in Canada who is passionate about taking action to advance progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals? There’s still time to take part in Plan International Canada’s Youth Day challenge! Click here for more information.

Sector Moments: World Humanitarian Day and World Water Week 

August 19 marks World Humanitarian Day! The 2022 campaign, #ItTakesAVillage, shines a light on the thousands of volunteers, professionals and crisis-affected people who deliver urgent health care, shelter, food, protection, water and much more. In the lead up to the day, read about the efforts of Health Partners International to deliver $2.4 million in essential medicines to Ukraine. 

World Water Week starts on August 23! This year’s theme, Seeing the unseen: the value of water, considers global water issues and the value of wa­ter from dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives – in­clud­ing food security, In­dige­nous knowl­edge, hu­man rights and ground­wa­ter. View the sessions taking place during the week here

People affected by Neglected Tropical Diseases often go unseen, living on the margins of their communities, including in their access to clean water and sanitation, health care, and economic and social opportunity. The Canadian Network for NTDs and WaterAid Canada put a spotlight on the importance of water, sanitation and hygiene access for people living with and at risk of NTDs in their joint statement in recognition of World Water. Read the full statement here. If you are a Canadian Civil Society Organization that would like to endorse this statement by August 23, 2022, you can do so here.

News and Publications 

Health Partners International Canada delivers $2.4 million in essential medicines to Ukraine, HPIC and CanWaCH

Common Pots in Peru address escalating food crisis and create networks of women leaders, Cuso International

Critical considerations and actions for achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health in the context of universal health coverage through a primary health care approach, World Health Organization

Community Score Card – July 2022 (Videos), ICASO

Entrepreneur program helps young women in Tanzania, Cuso International

Gender and Health 50/50 Nepal: Catalyzing change for gender equality and health equity, Global Health 50/50 and the Center for Research on Environment Health and Population Activities (CREHPA)

Global Health & Gender Policy Brief: Global Fertility Rates and the Role of Infertility, Woodrow Wilson Center Maternal Health Initiative

Helping kids be kids: reducing child mortality caused by diarrhoea in Nigeria, Nutrition International

Impacts of COVID-19 on contraceptive and abortion services in low- and middle-income countries: a scoping review, Guttmacher Institute

Increased country-level support for breastfeeding could save the global economy US $1.5 billion every day, Nutrition International 

New project gives women a voice in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cuso International

The Future of Global Health is through Diversity and Dignity (podcast), TDR: For research on diseases of poverty

Traditions and Opportunities: A Toolkit for GBV Programs to Engage Community Leaders in Humanitarian Settings, International Medical Corps

Survey on sexual and gender-based Violence in the Professional Environment of International Cooperation : a Contextualized Portrait to Prevent, Raise Awareness and Take Action, Chaire Claire-Bonenfant – Femmes, Savoirs et Sociétés (Université Laval)

Tony Blair Institute for Global Change and Children Believe expand joint initiative to strengthen youth’s global citizenship, Children Believe

What a lack of breastfeeding support is costing the world, Nutrition International 

Zinc Alliance for Child Health celebrates 10 years of life-saving programming (Story) and Video, Nutrition International 

Upcoming Events 

August 18-20, Epidémiologie et santé publique: union des forces en Francophonie. IXe Congrès international d’épidémiologie 

August 19, World Humanitarian Day  

August 23-September 1, World Water Week 

August 24-25, 13th International Conference on the Maternal Child Health Handbook

September 4, World Sexual Health Day

September 9, Strangers in the Night Toronto

September 13-27, 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 77)

September 16 and 17, Mind the Gap Summit: Strengthening Gender Diversity in the Canadian Economy 

September 18, Feminist Health Conference

September 18-24, Gender Equality Week 

September 19, World Humanitarian Day

September 21, International Day of Peace

September 23, Perspectives from the Inuit Nunangat: CommunityFirst approaches to health and social issues among Inuit communities

September 28, International Safe Abortion Day

September 29, Women United for Food Security in Peru

September 30, National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

October 11, International Day of the Girl 

October 17-20, International Cooperation Futures Festival

November 14-17, International Conference on Family Planning- ICFP 2022, Pattaya City, Thailand & virtual

November 21-23, “Inclusive Global Health in Uncertain Times: Research and Practice”, 28th Canadian Conference on Global Health

Jobs and Opportunities

Advisor, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie

Bilingual Communications Manager, Crossroads International

Agent ou agente de mobilisation, Médecins du monde Canada

Appel à candidatures – Le réfips amériques recrute de nouveaux membres pour son conseil d’administration, Le RÉFIPS Amériques

Chief of Staff to Co-CEO, Grand Challenges Canada

Communications Officer, Action Against Hunger Canada

Chief Executive Officer, WaterAid Canada

Executive Assistant for Senior Management, ONE DROP

Executive Director, Action Canada

Executive Director, Humanity & Inclusion Canada

Information Systems & Analytics Specialist, Oxfam Canada

Manager of Fundraising Operations and Donor Services, Oxfam Canada

Personne conseillère en suivi-évaluation, redevabilité et apprentissage, La Fondation Paul Gérin-Lajoie

Project Coordinator, See Change Initiative

Project Finance Officer, Cuso International

Project Manager, International Programs, ONE DROP

Request for proposals, Resource mobilization training, Spur Change

Resource Development Officer, Major Gifts, Crossroads International

Manager, Community Engagement, Canadian Red Cross

Request for Proposals: Service Opportunity – Youth Mental Health, Grand Challenges Canada

Senior Environment and Climate Change Advisor, CARE Canada

Volunteer Coordinator, Health Partners International Canada 

Have an opportunity that you would like to share with us? Please contact us at [email protected].

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August 18, 2022