Best of 2019… Global Health Highlights!

It was quite a year! To celebrate the end of the year, the CanWaCH team has put together a list of our favourite global health and gender equality highlights from 2019! 

Event of the Year: Women Deliver 2019 

opening plenary stage at women deliver 2019

In June 2019, Women Deliver 2019, the world’s largest conference on gender equality and the health, rights, and wellbeing of girls and women came to Vancouver, Canada! On the road to Women Deliver, Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada brought Canadians together to seize upon the Conference’s global spotlight to advance gender equality.  Here are five ways to stay engaged in the fight for gender equality as we move into 2020. 

Online Movement of the Year: #FeedHerFuture 

This cooking demonstration and interview with CanWaCH’s Chief Operating Officer, Julia Anderson, CARE Canada Program Manager, Sarah MacIndoe, and award-winning journalist Kimothy Walker, was a part of the Feed Her Future campaign. #FeedHerFuture is dedicated to educating Canadians on the importance and benefits of giving women and girls access to proper nutrition, through the lens and learning of SANI.

Moment of the Year: Historic Investment in Women and Children’s Health

Canada locked in its position as a global leader in advancing the health and rights of women, adolescents and children around the globe with its announcement at Women Deliver of a ten-year, $1.4 billion annual investment

Additional investments in gender equality were made at Women Deliver, including the new Equality Fund, making Canada the largest funder of women’s rights organizations in the world! You can see a list of key announcements made in the Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada report.

Findings of the Year: Canadians REALLY Support Development Aid and Global Health Funding

Public opinion research released by CanWaCH in August indicates that Canadians increasingly support federal government investment in development aid and global health. Read the full report here

Advancement of the Year: Youth Voices in Global Health

young man taking a selfie at a networking event

Canada’s international development sector is increasingly recognizing the importance of youth voices. Throughout 2019, it has been shown more and more that young people are not only the leaders of tomorrow but the leaders of today. Join CanWaCH’s youth mailing list to receive the latest global health and gender equality-related news, upcoming events and more! 

Feel Good Story of the Year: Local Partnerships

HealthBridge Foundation of Canada, Center for Creative Initiatives in Health and Population (CCIHP) and HealthBridge Vietnam, along with local partners in Son La province, developed and implemented an adolescent reproductive health (ARH) education program. The program uses peer-to-peer education techniques and interactive events to improve the knowledge and skills of youth and villagers in the community.

Did your favourite moments make our list? Let us know what you would include in your “Best of 2019” list on Twitter using @CanWaCH #LeadOnCanada.


December 10, 2019