February 2021 Newsletter

New Chair of the CanWaCH Board of Directors

We are excited to announce Onome Ako, Executive Director of Amref Health Africa in Canada, as the new Chair of CanWaCH’s Board of Directors. Onome brings a broad set of skills with over 15 years of experience in collaborative partnership building, resource development and program design, management and expertise, and has played an integral role at CanWaCH since joining the board in 2019. Learn more

Thank you! Our Global Health Impact Exchange was a big success!

Last week, over 800 registrants joined us at the Global Health Impact Exchange, a three-day virtual convening that put the spotlight on Canada’s leadership in global health during International Development Week. From stunning performances by artists from around the world to thought-provoking panels featuring experts at the forefront of our sector, this conference was one to remember. Watch the recordings here! Thank you to our partners Plan International CanadaWorld Vision CanadaMediaStyle and Global Affairs Canada

Have your say! Federal pre-budget consultation survey ends tomorrow!

Share your ideas and priorities for how Canada can make investments to grow the economy by filling out the federal pre-budget consultation survey, closing soon on February 19. Read CanWaCH’s submission here.

Join the Equal Futures Network!

We are excited to invite you to join the Equal Futures Network, made possible with the support of Women and Gender Equality Canada (WaGE) and coordinated by CanWaCH. The Equal Futures Network is mapping organizations working towards gender equality across Canada and is looking to foster collaboration, share opportunities and connect those working on similar causes. Joining the Equal Futures Network is free. Sign up now to learn more and follow us on Twitter!

Government of Canada to Invest $100 Million to Support Women Impacted by the Pandemic

On February 11, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality, launched a call for proposals for the Feminist Response and Recovery Fund. This fund  will provide $100 million to eligible organizations to support a feminist response and recovery from the current impacts of COVID-19, particularly for underrepresented women, through systemic change projects across the Women’s Program three priority areas of Encouraging women and girls in leadership and decision-making positions; Improving women’s and girls’ economic security and prosperity; and, Ending gender-based violence.  Learn more and apply here.

Join us for a Global Mental Health Roundtable

You’re invited to CanWaCH’s first roundtable on mental health in a global context taking place on March 10. In partnership with Grand Challenges Canada and moderated by Julia Anderson, CEO of CanWaCH, we will bring together a group of experts to discuss mental health as one of the least addressed global health issues. Join us to explore how we can change that. Register here.

CanWaCH’s Gender Equality Training resources are live! 

CanWaCH is thrilled to announce the launch of our virtual gender equality training materials, in both English and French! CanWaCH has developed this set of Gender Equality Training Modules to build the confidence and capacity of our membership in the application of gender transformative programming in women, adolescent and children’s health. Following a “Train the Trainer” design, the program consists of three core modules with a broad project cycle approach and will enable participants to cascade the training within their own organizations. Our current 2021 training offerings are full, but if you would like to be put on the waitlist for the upcoming English session in April 2021, please contact Erica Fotheringham.

Data Matters

Join us in March for a series of critical dialogues where we leverage findings from the Canadian Collaborative for Global Health to share adaptive shifts in data methodologies, guidance and lessons learned in gender equality programming. Register today! 

Dialogue 1: March 2nd – Reuse and Recycle: Practical Guidance on Maximizing Existing Data

Dialogue 2: March 11th – 365 days of a Pandemic: Virtual Practice Implications for Canadian Partners

Dialogue 3: March 17th – Navigating Mixed Methods Approaches to Measuring Gender Empowerment Today

Member Spotlight

Join Operation Eyesight on Thursday, March 25 for Health for Humanity. This free, one-hour virtual experience will provide unique perspectives, expert analyses and frontline examples of why now, more than ever, the world needs universal health coverage. Join Operation Eyesight and international health experts as they take you across the world and inspire you to take action to achieve good health and well-being for all. Register today!

Articles & Publications

Building a new life, CUSO International

REACHing out to improve Sexual and Reproductive Health and rights for adolescents in a challenging context, Save the Children Canada 

Technical Brief: Rapid assessment of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on civil registration and vital statistics systems in Africa (also available in French), International Development Research Centre


A new initiative to fight malnutrition in India, Nutrition International

Turning upcycling into much more, CUSO International 

Localization in international development: A global team with local impact, Operation Eyesight

Promoting hiring practices that support the most vulnerable, CUSO International

IDW 2021 Canada-Africa Panel, Children Believe

3 times Canadian Aid Achieved Change for Children and Young People, Save the Children Canada 

Plus d’aide canadienne au développement contribuerait à une reprise équitable dans le monde, Radio Canada International

Op-ed: More than just a piece of legislation, the new salt bill is a real commitment to human development, Nutrition International

Upcoming Events

February 20, World Day of Social Justice

February 26, Mediastyle Masterclass: Expand Your Communications Toolbox

February 27, World NGO Day

March 2, Reuse and Recycle: Practical Guidance on Maximizing Existing Data

March 8 to 10, Africa Health Agenda International Conference

March 10, Roundtable on mental health in a global context

March 11, 365 days of a Pandemic: Virtual Practice Implications for Canadian Partners

March 17, Navigating Mixed Methods Approaches to Measuring Gender Empowerment Today

March 20, International Francophonie Day

March 22, World Water Day

Jobs & Opportunities

Digital Media/Communications Officer, Canadian Foodgrains Bank

Philanthropic Partnerships Manager, Humanity & Inclusion Canada

Program Manager (Bilingual FR/EN), Action Against Hunger

Human Resources Manager, Action Against Hunger

Vice President, Programs, Canadian Feed The Children

Healthcare Electrification to Improve Maternal and Child Health Services, RTI International

Duke-UNICEF Innovation Accelerator

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

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February 18, 2021