July 2017 Newsletter

The Momentum Continues: Family Planning Summit Brings Announcement of Investment in Adolescent Girls

Minister Bibeau spoke of the need to invest in adolescent girls in Ottawa in May and announced SRHR projects for adolescent girls to receive funding in London in July.

Sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) programming for adolescents was a key focus of $241.5 million in funding announced by International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau at the Family Planning Summit on July 11, 2017 in London.

While the investment is part of $650-million previously announced by the Government of Canada for SRHR, the specifics on the projects to receive funding comes two months after Minister Bibeau spoke of the need to invest in adolescent girls at the Global Adolescent Health Conference hosted by the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) in May.

More details and a full list of projects to be funded from the $241.5 million, including those delivered by CanWaCH member organizations, can be found here. CanWaCH, along with other Canadian CSOs, met with Minister Bibeau during Family Planning Summit in London, which explored efforts to reach Family Planning 2020 goals and ensure that more women and girls around the world are able to plan their families and their futures.

Canada Releases Feminist International Assistance Policy

The funding announced at the Family Planning Summit is also consistent with Canada’s new Feminist International Assistance Policy. Released June 9, 2017, the policy commits Canada to a new feminist approach to international assistance that seeks to support the economic, political and social empowerment of women and girls. Read CanWaCH Key Facts on the new policy.

Women Deliver 2019 to be held in Vancouver, Canada!

June was an exciting month for Canada with the announcement that the next Women Deliver Conference will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia June 3-6, 2019! Women Deliver President/CEO Katja Iversen was joined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau – a Women Deliver Champion – in making the announcement on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. The last Women Deliver conference, in Copenhagen in 2016, brought together 6,000 participants. Subscribe to Women Deliver 2019 updates here!

The Deliver for Good campaign theme for July is Meet the Demand for Modern Contraception and Reproductive Health. CanWaCH is a Deliver for Good Campaign Ally and our members are invited to share any related content or information on the campaign’s monthly themes by emailing us. Women Deliver offers a rich variety of resources for organizations, including infographics, policy briefs, suggested Tweets and more – all free to download and share.

CanWaCH Webinar on Engaging Canadians on Women and Children’s Health:
August 17, 2017, 1:00 PM EDT

CanWaCH commissioned research this Spring with IPSOS and NATIONAL Public Affairs on the values, beliefs and behaviours of Canadians on Canada’s investment in women and children’s health globally (including reproductive, maternal and newborn health). Using Shared Values and Beliefs to Engage Canadians: A Comprehensive Report will be published in early August and CanWaCH will brief its members on the findings and recommendations in a webinar. The report will build the foundation for CanWaCH to support our members in their public engagement efforts in the coming months and years. Click here to register for the webinar.

Complete the CCIC Sector ODA Survey

The sector is working closely together to convey the importance of Canadian investment in international development and these efforts must be backed by research. As part of the 2017 Sector ODA Campaign, the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) has launched a CSO online survey that is 100% anonymous and confidential. If you have already received an invitation to complete this survey as a CCIC member, please do not complete it again. Others are asked to submit their responses no later than Friday, July 14, 2017.

A Powerful Message on Adolescent Health: Watch the Conference Highlights Video

Relive some of the most motivating moments from the Global Adolescent Health Conference by watching this brief conference highlight video on the CanWaCH YouTube Channel. Featuring the inspiring members of the Conference Youth Council, revisit the themes and messages that resonated the most to improve the lives of adolescents globally.

Watch our Health Proposal Writing Webinar

Also available on the CanWaCH YouTube Channel is the recording of the Health Proposal Writing for Global Affairs Canada Webinar. CanWaCH presented this webinar, as well as a series of cross-Canada workshops, in partnership with the provincial Councils for International Cooperation and the Inter-Council Network.

Save the Date! CanWaCH AGM

The CanWaCH Annual General Meeting will be held November 1, 2017 in Ottawa at the Marriott Hotel. The day will focus on building the capacity of member organizations and facilitating collaboration and knowledge exchange between CanWaCH members. A business meeting, including election of Directors, will also take place. The AGM immediately follows the Canadian Conference on Global Health at the same location October 29-31. For more info, subscribe to receive AGM updates!

Award-winning Breastfeeding Film and Educational Program Looking for Partners

The MILK Team, headed by filmmaker Noemi Weis, invites all interested parties to join in the expansion of the educational program associated with the award-winning film, Milk. To date the film has screened in more than 300 communities in close to a hundred countries, along with its highly successful accompanying educational program. The film and educational program have received awards and praise by many organizations and individuals, including most recently Sophie Gregoire Trudeau. Noemi Weis is seeking organizations to partner with the MILK’s team mission and expand the reach and impact of the program worldwide. If interested please contact: [email protected].

Canada Pledges $100M for Polio Eradication

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced $100 million over three years towards the Global Polio Eradication Initiatives Endgame Strategic Plan, which seeks to wipe out polio for good by 2020. Canada’s pledge was part of a Global Polio Pledging Event at the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta. Learn more here.

ICAD launches three new case studies on the Digital Liaisons microsite

Three HIV and sexual health organizations from around the world share the lessons they have learned from using social media in their work on the ICAD Digital Liaisons Microsite: APCOM(Thailand) turns to the community and its influencers to encourage men to F*#ck. Test. Repeat.; Health GAP(United States) adds Whatsapp and Twitter to its activist toolkit; Youth Engage(Zimbabwe) turns to social media to mobilize young people, and politicians.

Digital Liaisons is a showcase for innovative and strategic uses of social media and ICT in HIV work. In the new #NewsBytes section, find timely articles about all things social media, ICT, digital health and HIV. Check back frequently for new posts!

Articles & Publications – Submit your News, Resources & Publications

Nutrition at the Centre in Zambia: A visit to CARE Zambia’s nutrition programming by Darcy Knoll, Communications Specialist, CARE Canada

Viva Adolescent Health! by Jacqueline Ma, HealthBridge Canada Intern

Project in the Spotlight: Healthy Child Uganda by Dr. Jenn Brenner, Teddy Kyormuhangi and Ayah Muftah, Healthy Child Uganda

Where Canada Stands: A Sustainable Develop Goals Report by the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC)

Responding to the Changing Global Development Context: How Can Canada Deliver? By the Canadian International Development Platform (CIDP)

Upcoming Events – Submit Your Events

July 18: Nelson Mandela International Day

July 17-21: Africa Open Data Conference 2017, Ghana

July 28: World Hepatitis Day

August 9-12: Women Advancing Africa Forum, Tanzania

August 12: International Youth Day

August 17: CanWaCH Public Engagement Research Webinar: Using Shared Values and Beliefs to Engage Canadians

August 19: World Humanitarian Day

September 7-8: MERL Tech DC, Washington, DC

September 28: Global Compact Network Canada SDG Awards – APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED UNTIL JULY 24TH!

October 29-31: Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) Canadian Conference on Global Health: Leaving No One Behind? Reflections for Actions in a Changing World, Ottawa

November 1, 2017: Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) Annual General Meeting, Ottawa

November 4-8: American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting & Expo, Atlanta

Job Postings – Submit Your Job Openings

Nutrition International, Strategy & Growth Officer, Ottawa

Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH, Senior Gender Equity Advisor, Virtual

Engineers Without Borders, Fellow Recruitment Coordinator, Toronto

Canadian Council for International Co-Operation (CCIC), Communications Officer, Ottawa

BBC Media Action, Gender Adviser, London

Cuso International, Global Lead, Program Design & Development, Ottawa

UN Women, Regional Policy Specialist, Political Participation and Governance, Senegal

Publish What You Pay, Interim Director, Ottawa

Canadian Red Cross, Logistics Officer, Bilateral Operations, Ottawa

Canadian Association of Midwives, Project Officer, Global Program, Montreal

UNICEF Canada, Policy Specialist, Canada One Youth, Toronto

Nutrition International, Director, External Relations, Ottawa

Canadian Red Cross, Advisor, Quality Management, Ottawa

UNICEF Canada, Manager, Content, Toronto

CARE Canada, Executive Assistant to the Executive Office, Ottawa


July 1, 2017


CanWaCH Staff