January 2020 Newsletter

canwach award winners 2019

Nominations Now Open! 2020 CanWaCH Awards 

CanWaCH is proud to present its third annual Awards for Canadian Excellence in Global Health and Gender Equality. These prestigious honours will be bestowed upon individuals and organizations who have demonstrated significant contribution towards Canada’s advancement of global health and gender equality in the following seven categories: Leadership, Gender Equality, Measuring Impact, Rising Star, Savvy Communicator, Private Sector Excellence and Partnership.

The Awards will be presented on April 28 in Ottawa, at an evening reception as part of the Global Health Impact Expo + ExchangeVisit our awards page to nominate someone today. Don’t forget to stay tuned to our website as registration for the Expo will also be opening soon! 

Top Reads of 2019

In 2019, Canada launched a new era of its leadership in women and children’s health. Our Members, partners and allies achieved A LOT in 2019, and produced many insightful and powerful stories and opportunities. Find out what stories and opportunities were viewed the most in our list of Top 5 Reads of 2019.

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International Development Week 2020 

This year’s International Development Week theme is “Go for the Goals”. Referring to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, this theme illustrates the idea of moving forward in a collaborative and positive way toward a better world. So, for IDW’s 30th anniversary, let’s #GoForTheGoals!

JOIN US! IDW 2020 Reception in Ottawa

Join CanWaCH and the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) in celebrating IDW 2020 with members of Canada’s international development community in Ottawa on Thursday, February 6th from 5:00-7:00 pm. RSVP here.

Prior to the reception, organizations within the international development and global health sectors will have the opportunity to meet with parliamentarians to discuss issues important to our work. To learn more about the Hill Day activities on February 6th, please contact [email protected].

Climate Change & Nutrition: Food for Thought

In partnership with the University of Ottawa’s International Development and Globalization Student Association, Nutrition International and World Vision Canada will host Climate Change & Nutrition: Food for Thought, a panel discussion exploring the connection between climate change and nutrition. It will also feature a case study and profile the work of a consortium of organizations that is trying to mitigate the negative effects of climate change in Senegal through the Project intégré de nutrition dans les regions de Kolda et de Kédougou (PINKK). Join us online on Saturday, February 8th at 9:00 am to watch the live-stream of the panel discussion on Nutrition International’s Facebook page.

How access to clean water is opening doors for girls’ education 

To prevent the spread of blinding trachoma, Operation Eyesight drilled a borehole to bring clean water and sanitary facilities to Mweela School in Zambia, and the number of girls enrolled at the school has soared since then! Many girls in developing countries are missing out on educational opportunities due to a lack of access to clean water and sanitary facilities. Learn more in the latest blog from Operation Eyesight!

How is HIV connected to Gender Based Violence?

CanWaCH and Frontline AIDS are continuing the conversation about Gender Based Violence and how it is connected to HIV around the world. We cannot lose sight of these connections as we prepare for #IDW2020! Check out the latest resources and tools and join the conversation with global civil society, academia and practitioners on effective ways to address GBV and HIV. #Learn4Impact

HealthBridge: Local Husbands’ Groups

Gaddu lives in Banke District, one of the poorest areas in rural Nepal with his wife, two daughters, and a son. He works as a farmer and sometimes goes to India to earn money. Gaddu is a member of the local Husbands’ Group. At the Group’s meetings, he receives health education and discusses topics such as the importance of breastfeeding, antenatal and postnatal care. The Husbands’ Groups are a part of a larger Maternal, Newborn & Child Health Project at HealthBridge. Learn more about HealthBridge’s work in Nepal here.

Data Questions? Ask them here! 

Have a question related to data, research, technology, or monitoring and evaluation? Ask our metrics team!


To mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3rd, Humanity & Inclusion Canada hosted a dance show that brought to the forefront the challenges faced by persons with disabilities, Humanity & Inclusion 

A Parliamentarian’s Year in Review 2019, RESULTS Canada 

Celebrating Action and Impact in 2019, RESULTS Canada 

Mothers’ Group Meeting (Video), HealthBridge 

5 ways to upgrade your feminism in 2020, CanWaCH 

Best of Youth Mobilizers in 2019, CanWaCH 

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World, United Nations 

Solidarity with Haiti, 10 Years After the Earthquake, Partners in Health Canada 


January 20th, UBC and BC Children’s Hospital: Global Health Conference 2020, Vancouver 

January 22nd, Global Leadership Series: Promoting Healthy Diets for Children and Adolescents in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, Online 

January 22nd, Working Alongside Indigenous Communities, Online 

January 24th, International Day of Education, Global 

January 24-26th, 2030 & beyond : Solutions Without Borders, Montreal 

January 27-31st, ACAPS introduction to humanitarian needs analysis (HRN), Toronto 

January 30-February 1st, Early Years Conference 2020, Vancouver 

February 2-8th, International Development Week (DW) 2020, Canada 

February 2nd, Bowl For The Goals: International Development Week Edition, Edmonton 

February 4th, Demystifying Partnerships with Global Affairs Canada, Calgary

February 5th, When the Storm Uproots: The Impact of Climate Change on Displaced Populations Around the World, Montreal 

February 6th, International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, Global 

February 6th, Together Stronger: International Development Week 2020, Montreal 

February 7-8th, 2020 IDW Conference | Conférence de la SDI de 2020, Ottawa 

March 6-7th, International Women’s Day Conference 2020, Guelph 

March 8th, International Women’s Day, Global 

March 21-24th, Oxfam Summit and Day of Action, Ottawa 

March 22nd, World Water Day, Global 

March 24th, World TB Day, Global 

April 7th, World Health Day, Global 

April 22-25th, The 9th International Research Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD, Vancouver 

April 25th, World Malaria Day, Global 

April 28-29th, Global Health Impact Expo + Exchange, Ottawa 

April 28-30th, Public Health 2020, Winnipeg 

May 2-4th, RESULTS Canada National Conference 2020, Ottawa 

May 21-23rd, Indigenous Health Conference, Niagara Falls 

May 28th, Menstrual Hygiene Day, Global 

Add your event to the More Canada Events Calendar


CanWaCH, Digital Media Officer, Virtual Home-Based Office (Canada)

Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights, Director of Government Relations (1 year contract), Ottawa 

Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights, Campaigns Officer (1 year contract), Ottawa 

Grand Challenges Canada, 2020 Summer Student Program, Toronto 

Grand Challenges Canada, Bid Solicitation: Knowledge Product and Dissemination Strategy Development 

Grand Challenges Canada, Bid Solicitation: Innovation Portfolio Sensemaking

Action Against Hunger, Sr. Project Manager (Professional Services), Toronto

WaterAid Canada, Donor Care and Research Officer, Ottawa  

Seva Canada, Development Director, Vancouver 


January 13, 2020