August 2023 Newsletter

The results are in! New public opinion polling

This past June, CanWaCH and several of our member organizations partnered with Abacus Data to find out what Canadians think about international assistance. The survey aimed to explore how Canadians perceive their country’s role in supporting those beyond our borders and the factors influencing those perspectives. Read the full results here.

Celebrating the ways youth lead

August 12 marked International Youth Day! At CanWaCH, we recognize the essential role youth play in bettering the world, and we strive to uplift their achievements. Check out this blog celebrating youth working group members working to advance gender equality in their communities.  

Join CanWaCH’s Board of Directors 

Interested in serving on the CanWaCH Board with a group of individuals dedicated to global health and gender equality? Now is your chance! We are looking for enthusiastic leaders who can bring their passion and expertise to support CanWaCH’s initiatives and objectives. Please submit your nomination by 5 p.m. EDT on September 30.

Watch your inbox: CanWaCH membership renewal begins this fall

With fall fast approaching, we would like to remind you that the new CanWaCH membership year begins on October 1, 2023! Watch your inbox for a renewal invoice sent via our new membership platform, GlueUp, in September. Per our policies, your annual CanWaCH membership renews automatically and your organization will be issued an invoice, payable in advance of our Annual General Meeting in November. 

If you have any questions or would like to update the contact information of the individual in your organization responsible for making the payment for this invoice, please advise us at [email protected] as soon as possible. We look forward to another successful membership year!

CanWaCH’s submission for pre-budget consultations in advance of the 2024 federal budget

The health of women and children, in all their diversity, cannot be an afterthought to global investment. It’s not a nice to have – it’s a must have. A woman’s health lays the foundation for her children’s health, her family, her community and for generations to come. Today, that means investing in global health architecture grounded in a feminist approach. An approach that reflects the needs of women and children and places their untapped potential and sustainable futures at the helm of health priorities. Read our submission for pre-budget consultations here.  

In review: Women Deliver 2023! 

One of the largest multi-sectoral convenings to advance gender equality, Women Deliver 2023 was hosted in Kigali, Rwanda from July 17 to 20. Our time in Rwanda and at the conference saw us host a ministerial roundtable, engage in a side event co-hosted by two CanWaCH members, visit projects, hear and learn from gender equality advocates and host a networking reception that connected members and sector partners in attendance. View photos and read our reflections from the week here

Members of the CanWaCH Gender Equality Working Group hosted sessions and exhibitions and took part in the conference and side events. They shared their takeaways and perspectives on Canadian CSOs engagement in these global spaces with us. 

Catalyzing Collective Action Through Gender Transformative Nutrition was an event jointly hosted by the Gender Transformative Framework for Nutrition Coalition (GTFN), a Collaborative initiative, and the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. The session sought to explore and highlight the potential of the GTFN to tackle gender inequalities and improve nutrition outcomes by analyzing gender power dynamics and engaging in nutrition programs at national, subnational and community levels.

Upcoming moments: World Water Week and Gender Equality Week

August 20 to 24 marks World Water Week! Access to safe drinking water and water services is a fundamental human right, and when women and girls are unable to exercise those rights all aspects of their life – health, education, food security and economic opportunities – are profoundly affected. This year’s focus is on innovation to tackle unprecedented water-related challenges. One Drop will be hosting engaging sessions led by the experts from the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) sector. Check them out here.

September 17 to 23 marks Canada’s annual Gender Equality Week! Join CanWaCH as we mark this important week with a three-part webinar series. Taking place every Wednesday in September, the series will focus on some of the most pertinent and challenging issues being faced and will create opportunities to address them in order to make sure that everyone – regardless of their gender – can reach their full potential. 

Please note that you will have to register for each session individually. Each session will have simultaneous interpretation available.

Are you planning something for Gender Equality Week 2023? Let us know! CanWaCH is interested in hearing what you have planned to mark this year’s Gender Equality Week so that we can use our platform to amplify your event! Share your event here or get in touch with us by contacting [email protected]

Project spotlight: ‘Empowering women through business and lifelong vocational skills training’

On August 1, the Foundation for Intercultural and Interreligious Dialogue Initiatives (FIIDI) launched a women’s training centre in the Makomp community of Marampa chiefdom in Sierra Leone. The project incorporates financial literacy and numeracy skills and will focus on training 50 disadvantaged women in acquiring gara tie and dye (African coloring design clothing) and tailoring skills to become self-reliant, run individual businesses and create jobs for themselves and other women. 

Learn more about FIIDI’s projects by visiting our Project Explorer

News, Resources and Publications 

CanWaCH Welcomes Ahmed Hussen as Minister of International Development, CanWaCH

Celebrating the Power of Youth in Advancing Gender Equality, CanWaCH Youth Working Group

New polling reveals eight in 10 Canadians support international assistance, despite domestic concerns, CanWaCH

Canadian Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases Newsletter, Canadian Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases

August 19 is World Humanitarian Day, Lucky Iron Fish

British Columbia Medical Students Expanding Cervical Cancer Screening, Lauren Wiebe

Celebrating World Breastfeeding Week, Food for the Hungry

Celebrating women making a difference through nutrition, Nutrition International

Charity begins at home, Human Concern International

DevExplains: Why the food crisis is worse for women and girls, Emma Smith

How parents are supporting children’s learning and development with play, Right to Play Canada

Les préjugés contre les femmes encore omniprésents dans le monde, Louise Leduc

Over 11 million children born during world’s hottest month on record: Save the Children, Save the Children Canada

Jobs and Opportunities 

Gender Advisor – Dominica, Cuso International. Application deadline As soon as possible

Manager, Operations, Canadian Association of Midwives. Application deadline: August 13

Knowledge management consultant: Combatting early marriage in Bangladesh, Plan International. Application deadline: August 15

Sr. Development Officer, Indigenous Partnerships & Program, Canadian Feed the Children. Application deadline: August 20

Senior Program Accountant, Canadian Feed the Children. Application deadline August 20

Curriculum Specialist, Indigenous Programs, Right to Play. Application deadline: August 21

Donor Relations & Marketing Coordinator, Seva Canada. Application deadline: August 25

Finance and Administration Director, Action Against Hunger Canada. Application deadline August 25

Gender Equality and Inclusion Advisor, CARE Canada, Application deadline August 27

Sex and Gender+ Science Strategy Lead, CIHR. Application deadline: August 28, 2023

Classroom Assistants 2023-2024, Cuso International. Application deadline: August 28

Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor – Caribbean, Cuso International. Application deadline: August 30

Mathematics Specialist (AKES India), Aga Khan Foundation Canada. Application deadline August 31

Renewable Energy Specialist (AKAHP), Aga Khan Foundation Canada. Application deadline August 31

Artificial Intelligence, Health and Education Consultant (AKU), Aga Khan Foundation Canada. Application deadline August 31

Regional Partnerships Coordinator (AKF EA), Aga Khan Foundation Canada. Application deadline August 31

Global Business Costing and Planning Specialist, Aga Khan Foundation Canada. Application deadline August 31

Communications Specialist (AKAH, India), Aga Khan Foundation Canada. Application deadline August 31

Data Insights Advisor (AKF P), Aga Khan Foundation Canada. Application deadline August 31

Partnerships and Networking Expert (AKU), Aga Khan Foundation Canada. Application deadline August 31

Communications Specialist (AKAH, India), Aga Khan Foundation Canada. Application deadline August 31

Communications Assistant – Honduras (Spanish), Cuso Internationa., Application deadline: August 31

Gender Advisor – Caribbean, Cuso International. Application deadline: August 31

Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Specialist, Right to Play International. Application deadline September 2

Regional Corporate Engagement Advisor (BC), World Vision Canada. Application deadline September 2

Major Gifts Philanthropy Advisor (Alberta), World Vision Canada. Application deadline September 2

Major Gifts Philanthropy Advisor (Bilingual), World Vision Canada. Application deadline September 2

Individual Funding Stream, Oxfam Canada. Application deadline September 5

Organizational Funding Stream, Oxfam Canada. Application deadline September 5

Social Media Specialist, Partners in Health Canada. Application deadline, September 16

Government Relations Advisor – Ethiopia, Cuso International. Application deadline September 30

Philanthropy and Marketing Director, ADRA. Application deadline September 30

Gender Technical Specialist, World Vision Canada. Application deadline October 30

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

Upcoming Events  

August 17, 2023, ICPD Regional Youth Dialogue: Latin America and the Caribbean

August 25, 2023, Global Townhall

September 13, Integrating Gender Transformative Approaches to Humanitarian Action

September 20, Unpaid Care Work as a Cause and Consequence of Gender Inequality

September 27, Technology-Facilitated Gender-Based Violence

October 4-6, ensemble – Canadian Association of Midwives Conference

October 11-12, Global Forum for Adolescents

October 16-18, 2023 Canadian Conference on Global Health

October 17-20, What Works Global Summit 2023

December 1-10, 2023, 2023 Ignite Change Global Convention commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Activity Submission: Submissions are currently being accepted for their workshops and programming streams. Submission of activities due October 15.


August 17, 2023