December 2022 Newsletter

Happy Holidays from the CanWaCH Team

On November 15, CanWaCH held its Annual General Meeting. Reflecting on a year of constantly evolving global challenges, we drew inspiration from the continued resilience of our members and their steadfast commitment to addressing the ongoing inequities in the world. We also reflected on the moments we came together in new and old ways and the excitement of reconnecting in-person, with eager anticipation for more in 2023.  

Thank you for your ongoing support over the past year. Our team looks forward to all that we can do together in 2023. We would like to wish you and yours a very happy holiday season!

Introducing our 2021-2022 Annual Report

Over the course of the year, we hosted 42 events and webinars, introduced the second iteration of the Canadian Collaborative for Global Health, renewed our focus on youth engagement, became the new home of ThriveHire, launched new tools and resources, and undertook significant internal improvements to our systems and processes to better enable us to support our members. 

Our 2021-2022 annual report looks at the year’s defining moments, the membership that inspires our work, and our members’ efforts to ensure that the priorities of women, children and adolescents remain at the heart of what we do.

CanWaCH is coming to a city near you in 2023! 

Building off of the success of our cross-country gatherings in 2022, CanWaCH will be coming to a city near you as a part of our CanWaCH Dialogues Days in spring 2023! 

Save the date for a location near you: 

  • Vancouver: March 6, 2023, 5-7 pm local time  
  • Calgary: March 8, 2023, 5-7 pm local time  
  • Toronto: March 28, 2023, 5-7 pm local time  
  • Montreal: March 30, 2023, 5-7 pm local time  
  • Ottawa: April 18, 2023, 5-7 pm local time  

Stay tuned for registration details – coming soon in the new year!   

Gender Equality Summit: Whitehorse, May 2023

The Equal Futures Network, an initiative of the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH), will host Equal Futures 2023: A Gender Equality Summit in Whitehorse from May 17-18, 2023. This second annual event builds off of the success of our first-ever gender equality summit in June 2022 where over 200 champions for gender equality from communities across Canada gathered in Ottawa. 

More information, including programming and registration details, will be communicated through the Equal Futures: A Gender Equality Summit mailing list and the Equal Futures Network’s social media channels. Equal Futures 2023: A Gender Equality Summit is supported by Women and Gender Equality Canada.

CanWaCH Participates in the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with Julia Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health, before the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit, in Bangkok, Thaïland, on Thursday, November 17th, 2022. Le Premier Ministre Justin Trudeau rencontre Julia Anderson, Présidente du Partenariat Canadien pour la Santé des Femmes et des Enfants, avant le Sommet de la Cooperation Économique Asie-Pacifique, à Bangkok, en Thaïlande, le jeudi, 17 novembre, 2022.

CanWaCH was thrilled to join members and partners in Pattaya City, Thailand for the International Conference on Family Planning in November. Sessions held during the conference considered sexual well-being, health and pleasure, challenges to family planning efforts, feminist philanthropy and sexual and reproductive health and rights among LGBTI+. Read some of the takeaways in our Twitter thread shared during the conference. Watch highlights from the conference here.

During the conclusion of our time in Thailand, we were pleased to have the opportunity to connect with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. During the conversation, our CEO Julia Anderson and the Prime Minister discussed the importance of supporting the health and rights of women and girls to realize their potential and their right to thrive in full health.

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Member Spotlight: Canadian Association for Global Health 

The Canadian Association for Global Health (CAGH) hosted the 28th Canadian Conference on Global Health from November 21-23 in Toronto. CanWaCH was delighted to take part and engage with fellow members in attendance. Elizabeth Dyke, PhD, wrote about her conference experience, including reflections on the conference’s focus on equity and inclusion, in the ThriveHire Files. Read the blog here

The month also saw the Global Health Students and Young Professionals Summit (GHSYPS) hosted in Toronto, inviting emerging global health leaders to explore and address the inequities that exist on the local and global scale. Keep up with GHSYPS on Instagram and LinkedIn for conference reflections.

Data Matters: Introducing CanWaCH’s Data Analytics Portal 

CanWaCH is thrilled to launch our new data analytics portal focusing on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. The portal summarizes and visualizes project data, illustrating support provided to advance the health and rights of women, adolescents and girls around the world. The portal is currently available in English. A French version is in production and will be available in the coming year.

News, Publications and Resources 

Communicating Equality: Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health Launches Canadian Action to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls, The Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health

Continuing to make a difference through volunteering, Cuso International

County health and nutrition experts in Nairobi share learnings on program implementation, needs and interventions,Nutrition International

County governments pledge to end malnutrition in women, children and adolescents, Nutrition International

Gender Equality and Empowerment Measurement (GEM) Tool, Global Affairs Canada 

Global Affairs Canada Departmental Results Report 2021-22,  Global Affairs Canada

Global Health Needs: Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. Policy Brief , Save the Children International

Global report on health equity for persons with disabilities, World Health Organisation 

Improving the quality of treatment for childhood diarrhoea in Ethiopia Nutrition International

International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP2022) Video, International Conference on Family Planning

Kenya Governors’ Nutrition Declaration, Nutrition International

National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence a significant step towards gender equality, Women and Gender Equality Canada

Newborn Health in Humanitarian Settings Field Guide, IAWG

Nutrition International lauded at commemoration of the African Day for Food and Nutrition Security, Nutrition International

Nutrition International’s 2021-2022 Annual Report, Nutrition International

Our Most-Read, Watched, and Shared Posts of 2022, Partners in Health

Overcoming coverage gaps for adolescent nutrition in India, Nutrition International

Pregnancy and motherhood as a paradoxical phenomenon in adolescence: Perception of pregnant adolescents in Haiti, L. Philibert, J. Lapierre, Université Laval

Read women’s stories (HealthToo), Women in Global Health 

Santé Monde Welcomes its New Executive Director, Santé Monde 

Vol. 1 No. 7 (2022): Global Health: Annual Review Issue 7, Global Health Annual Review 

Updated family planning guide promotes empowerment, health and wellbeing – WHO, World Health Organisation 

Upcoming Events 

December 15, Data Resources for Advocacy – DATA 101 for Women’s, Children’s, and Adolescents’ Health (WHO Webinar)

December 18, International Migrants Day

December 20, Human Solidarity Day 

January 23-27, Ecole Féministe 

January 24, International Day of Education

March 6-April 18, CanWaCH Dialogues Days

May, 17-18, Equal Futures 2023: Gender Equality Summit

Jobs and Opportunities

Gender Equality Officer, CanWaCH

Policy and Government Relations Officer, CanWaCH

Project Assistant, CanWaCH 

Request for Quotations (RFQ): Development of short Technical Guidance Notes to strengthen the practice of MEAL in health and rights programming, CanWaCH

Business Administrator, Horizons of Friendship

Business Development Manager, Mali,  Plan International

Call for Board of Directors, Canadian Association for Global Health

Communications Manager, Canadian Feed the Children

Development Coordinator, Partners in Health Canada

Directrice ou directeur général,  Oxfam-Québec

Equality Fund Informal Database of Consultants, Equality Fund

Fundraising Officer, Action Against Hunger

Logistics Assistant, National Programs, Canadian Association of Midwives

Manager of Partnerships and Philanthropy, AMREF Health Africa in Canada

Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning (MEAL) Specialist, World Vision Canada | Vision mondiale Canada

People and Culture Assistant, Canadian Feed the Children

Program Advisor (PA), Environment and Climate Action (ECA), Cuso International

Program Finance Manager – Grants, World Vision Canada

Program Manager, Knowledge Exchange, Canadian Association for Global Health (CAGH)

Program Officer – Durable Solutions For Refugees, EUMC • WUSC (remote)

Chargé.e de projet – Tournages écoresponsables, Le Réseau des femmes en environnement (French only)

Chargé.e de projet – Événements écoresponsables, Le Réseau des femmes en environnement (French only)

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


December 15, 2022