December 2021 Newsletter

Happy Holidays from the CanWaCH Team!

On November 23, 2021, CanWaCH held its Annual General Meeting. Reflecting on a year where our members, and the global health sector as a whole, demonstrated continued resiliency in the face of adversity. We were able to draw encouragement from the sense of community and collaboration that underpins our membership, hear inspiring words from the remarkable Dr. Alaa Murabit, and reflect on lessons learned while connecting with friends, new and old, during our Coffee with CanWaCH networking sessions.

Thank you for your ongoing support over the past year. Our team eagerly anticipates all that we can do together in 2022. We would like to wish you and yours a very happy holiday season!

CanWaCH is pleased to release our 2020-2021 Annual Report

From defining moments to our favourite reads and podcasts, our 2020-2021 Annual Report looks at what we accomplished and how our members worked to ensure that the priorities of women, children and adolescents remain at the heart of what we do.

Share your work through our CanWaCH Impact Series

As we wrap up 2021 and in preparation for International Development Week 2022, the CanWaCH Impact Stories Series is an opportunity to showcase your organization’s accomplishments and impact in advancing women, children and adolescents’ health to key stakeholders and Canadians.

CanWaCH will produce an infographic demonstrating the impact of your project in both official languages and share it widely across our digital media channels. 

CanWaCH’s Gender Equality Training is coming back in the new year!

Over the past year, CanWaCH has hosted a set of virtual Gender Equality Training sessions to build the confidence and capacity of the CanWaCH membership in the application of gender transformative programming in women, adolescent and children’s health.

CanWaCH is thrilled to announce that the seventh offering of this virtual training will be held in English between February 14 – March 11, 2022. To learn more and for further registration details, please contact Erica Fotheringham. Please note that space is limited to a maximum of 25 participants per session.

CanWaCH is also recruiting a cohort of Gender Equality Training facilitators

Are you interested in expanding your skills as an expert gender equality trainer in the global cooperation sector? Would you like to have access to a supportive network of fellow gender equality leaders as you deepen your knowledge?

In Spring 2022, CanWaCH will host our first-ever facilitation training workshop, focused on strengthening the sector’s gender equality capacity. Selected individuals will be trained in delivering CanWaCH’s virtual gender equality modules and have access to one-on-one feedback to bolster their skills as a workshop facilitator.

Check out our expression of interest! There is no cost to participate. If you have any questions, please contact Erica Fotheringham.

Reflections from Nutrition for Growth – Nutrition International

The Nutrition for Growth Summit took place on December 7-8, bringing together governments, business, multilaterals, donors, and other development partners to make data-driven financial, policy, programmatic, and impact commitments to end malnutrition in all its forms.

Click here to read about the nutrition priorities discussed by Nutrition International to drive country-led, evidence-based, and fully financed nutrition programs for the future.

Sector News: Speech from the Throne and Meet the New Parliamentary Secretaries

The Speech from the Throne opens a new session of Parliament and signals the Government’s priorities and intentions for the upcoming legislative session as well as for the next budget cycle.

Click here to read the highlights related to global health and gender equality. Click here to meet the new parliamentary secretaries, opposition critics and committee appointments in the Senate. 

Out Now: Guttmacher Report on The Impact of Canadian International Assistance for Family Planning

Family planning is part of a comprehensive package of sexual and reproductive health and rights services that are more essential now than ever before in countries where health systems are weak or strained. A new report by the Guttmacher Institute documents the impacts of Canada’s ongoing commitments. Read it here

News and Resources

Canada’s International Cooperation Sector Celebrates Ambitious Speech from the Throne, CanWaCH and Cooperation Canada

Minister Sajjan announces $325 million in funding for 11 projects with Canadian global health partners, CanWaCH

Confidence, strength grow with greater access to education, Cuso International

Cuso International resumes global volunteer-sending program, Cuso International 

ChildVoice: 2021 Annual Report, Children Believe

Ciella’s Journey to Sight [Video], Seva Canada

Enabling innovation through a global pandemic: 2020-2021 Annual Report, Grand Challenges Canada

Tanzania’s Ubongo wins Grand Challenges Canada’s Rotman Innovation of the Year Award, Grand Challenges Canada

Using innovative solutions to bring healthcare to patients in rural Kenya, Health Partners International of Canada

New research reveals how a mother’s nutrition during pregnancy impacts the health of her child through adulthood, Nutrition International

Nutrition International celebrates the Bangladesh National Nutrition Council’s accomplishments towards reducing malnutrition in the country, Nutrition International

Researching the role of gender in vitamin A supplementation programs, Nutrition International

Wellbeing Foundation Africa and Nutrition International partner to combat childhood diarrhoea in Kano and Sokoto states, Nigeria, Nutrition International

Elevating women’s voices in times of water crisis, One Drop Foundation

The story of Pascaline, One Drop Foundation

Our 2021 Eye Health Heroes, Operation Eyesight


December 9, SLF Pride Talks: Safety at Home for LGBTIQ Communities in sub-Saharan Africa

December 9, Democracy for Human Rights through CEDAW

December 10, CREA Alumni Talks: Bring People In

December 13, The Canadian Launch of the GlobalChild Platform

December 16, ENRICH Impact Event

December 18, International Migrants Day

December 20, Human Solidarity Day 

January 6, International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

January 11, International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Jobs and Opportunities

CanWaCH, Canadian Collaborative for Global Health: 2021 Request for Proposals, International

Aga Khan Foundation Canada, International Youth Fellowship program, International

International Service for Human Rights, ISHR Training for Human Rights Defenders, International

Feminists Deliver, Program Coordinator, Canada

Partners In Health Canada, Manager, Annual Giving and Engagement, Canada

MCW Global, Young Leaders Conference – North America, Canada and the USA

Save the Children Canada, Senior Program Finance Manager, Consortium portfolio, Canada

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


December 9, 2021