June 2018 Newsletter

G7 Charlevoix: High point for gender equality and girls’ education with linkages to health

Women and Men on stage

We were so pleased to meet with and hear from many of you last month at our Beyond 2020 Conference. Over 230 civil society representatives, government officials, academic experts, health professionals and inspiring youth gathered to discuss the way forward for Canada’s women and children’s health programming overseas. Ideas were shared, new paths were put forward, important projects were highlighted, and lessons learned from the past were analyzed.

Civil society played an important role, with a coalition of Canadian and global civil society organizationsjoining together to call on Canada and the G7 to invest in girls’ education during crises. These calls were answered and Canada, the European Union, Germany, the UK, Japan and the World Bank announced ahistoric pledge of $3.8 billion CAD to close the gap in girls’ and women’s education during crisis and conflict situations.

CanWaCH also welcomed important G7 declarations and commitments on global health and the health and well-being of adolescent girls throughout the week. Check out all of the CanWaCH ‘G7 Updates’ in the Spotlight section on our home page.

Call for Proposals for Canadian Collaborative for Global Health open until June 28

Over the next two years, the Canadian Collaborative for Global Health will bring together Canadian and global partners to generate solutions to urgent data challenges in global health and gender equality. The focus will be where: (a) Canada has made significant contributions to date; and, (b) significant gaps in data capacity, knowledge, or resources remain. 
You can find further information on the “Collaborative”, how to apply, including Frequently Asked Questions and how to connect with other organizations interested in applying on the Collaborative page. Applications are due by June 28th.

Launch of Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada! 

#WeDeliver 2019

Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada has officially launched! In the year leading up to Women Deliver 2019, Canadian organizations and individuals are mobilizing to spread awareness about the health, rights and well being of women and girls. By seizing the global spotlight that comes with serving as host country, Canadians can actively contribute to creating a more gender equal world.

Let’s make this the year that all Canadians, across all sectors, step-up for girls and women across the country and around the globe! Find out how you/your organization can join Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada and engage online by following the Mobilization on TwitterFacebook and by using the hashtags #WeDeliver2019 and #Délivrons2019.

June Metrics Bulletin: Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
The monthly theme for the June edition of the CanWaCH Metrics Bulletin is Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). The spotlight Member is Plan International Canada, a recognized leader in gender equality and global health. Learn more about their recently launched SRHR projects, which run until 2022.

Launch of Lead On Canada

Lead On Canada

On May 23rd, we launched our member-wide public engagement campaign, Lead On Canada. The campaign includes resources and social media posts that all our members can use to promote Canada’s leadership in championing the health rights and needs of the world’s most marginalized people. Follow Lead On Canada on Facebook and share the campaign video. Communications and public engagement contacts at our member organization willcontinue to receive bi-monthly updates, resources and posts to share on social media.

Relive the Beyond 2020 Conference!

It was very exciting and meaningful to join with our members and the larger global health community at our Beyond 2020 Conference in April. You can now relive the conference by watching the videos as listed for each conference session and linked to the CanWaCH YouTube channel, and by viewing our conference photo gallery.

Register for CCGH 2018 and CanWaCH Dinner and Networking Event

Registration is now open for the 2018 Canadian Conference on Global Health. As part of the conference, CanWaCH is hosting a dinner and networking event focused on Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada and the Lead On Canada campaign. Seating is limited, so register today to ensure your place!

Civil Society consultation with CIHR and IDRC on future investment in global health
Save the date! On September 7, 2018, CanWaCH, in collaboration with the Aga Khan Foundation of Canada and with support from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), will lead a consultation to seek input from civil society organizations on the direction of future investment in global health. This consultation follows four others that CIHR and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) held with the Canadian global health research community to support its development of an investment strategy in global health.
In the next three months, CanWaCH will be reaching out to many of our members with specific questions, seeking your insight, input and advice. For more information and if you would like to participate in this important consultation, please reach out to Ibrahim Daibes at [email protected] 

Upcoming Webinar: Neglected Tropical Diseases and the Health of Women and Girls: Understanding Impact and Opportunities 
On July 26th at 11:00 AM EDT, join CanWaCH, the Canadian Steering Group on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and colleagues from the global south as we explore the specific impacts of NTDs on the health and well-being of women and girls worldwide. Colleagues will share insights on the current programming and data gaps that impede meaningful progress, and how Canadian stakeholders can address these gaps in their own work. Register today!

We’re hiring! Global Health Data Officer
CanWaCH is recruiting for a Global Health Data Officer. The Officer will be primarily responsible for overseeing administration, data management and capacity building activities, as part of the CanWaCH Metrics team. Please submit your application on Charity Village by July 9, 2018.

Deliver for Good
Women Deliver’s “Deliver for Good” June theme is Improve Data and Accountability for Girls and Women. Achieving progress for girls and women requires accurate, gender disaggregated data to helppolicy makers, civil society organizations, and advocates make informed decisions about policies and programs that affect the lives of girls and women. You can find out more about the monthly theme, plus access resources including communications and advocacy tools, on Women Deliver’s Deliver for Good page.

The Future Planning Initiative 
On June 4-5, the Future Planning Initiative (comprised of Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, IDRC, Oxfam Canada, Inter Pares, Global Canada and CanWaCH), hosted a multi-stakeholder conversation in Ottawa. Attendees reflected on commitments that Canada has made to global SRHR, discussed how to define and measure future success, considered the bold and ambitious goals for Canada in SRHR, and how Canadian partners can shape this process alongside Global Affairs Canada.Stay tuned for a summary of outcomes from the day, including details on discussions around measuring impact.

Civil Society at the G7: Focus is Key
How can civil society build the most effective and fruitful relationship with the G7 processes, both now and for years to come? This was the question guiding the 2018 C7 Summit, hosted in Ottawa from May 27-28, 2018 by the Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC), Climate Action Network Canada (CAN) and the G7 Global Taskforce. CanWaCH’s Policy and Governance Officer, Leigha McCarroll offers a thought-provoking analysis of the C7 Canada event in her C7 blog.

Christian Children’s Fund of Canada leads effort to protect children from dangers of irregular migration in Central America
30,000 young girls and boys in Central America leave home every year seeking a better life. Most don’t get far in their journey, let alone make it home safe. The Christian Children’s Fund of Canada (CCFC) is working with partners to implement a 4-year Preventing Irregular Child Migration in Central America (PICMCA) project, with support from the Government of Canada. Youth and families in Central America are being educated and trained so that they don’t need to risk attempting to reach another country to improve their lives. For more information, check out CCFC’s press release, including photos and a PICMCA video.

Partners in Health Canada Spark 
Partners in Health (PIH) Canada has a dedicated team of volunteers called PIH Canada Spark who support PIH Canada in different ways, including by writing blogs about different global health topics. One of their more recent blogs, which has proven to be quite popular, is about combatting illness and poverty titled “The future of global health: Combatting illness means combatting poverty.”  


Marketing of breast-milk substitutes: National implementation of the international code
Status Report 2018, WHO, UNICEF and IBFAN
More than 160,000 Canadian and global citizens call on world leaders to make education for children in crises a priority, ensuring girls are not left behind, RESULTS Canada
Normalising menstruation, empowering girlsThe Lancet
Nurturing Care Framework for Early Childhood Development launched at the World Health Assembly, WHO

Offline: Sexual and reproductive rights—health and hypocrisy – by Richard Horton, The Lancet
Opinion: G7 Sets New Trajectory for Gender Equality, Marie-Claude Bibeau and Katja Iversen
A tale of two countries: women’s reproductive rights in Ireland and the US, Dorothy Shaw and Wendy V Norman, British Medical Journal
Unpaid labour, #MeToo, and young women in global health, Bronwyn McBride, et al., The Lancet
Without Data Equality, There Will Be No Gender Equality, Eva Noble, Women for Women International
World Health Statistics 2018: Monitoring health for the SDGs, WHO


June 20: World Refugee Day
June 23-27Rotary Convention, Toronto
June 27: The Fight Against Pneumonia: Who Pays?, Webinar 
July 23-25: Advanced Results-based Management, Theory of Change & Deliverology Workshop, Ottawa
July 26: CanWaCH, Neglected Tropical Diseases and the Health of Women and Girls: Understanding Impact and Opportunities, Webinar
July 28: World Hepatitis Day
August 12: International Youth Day
August 19: World Humanitarian Day
August 20-21: Canada Medical Association, Inspiring a Future of Better Health, Winnipeg
October 11: International Day of the Girl Child
October 15: International Day of Rural Women
October 16: World Food Day
October 17-19: Canadian Association of Midwives, 2018 Canadian Association of Midwives Conference and AGM, Gatineau QC
October 22-24: UN World Data Forum 2018, Dubai
November 6: Global Financing Facility Replenishment Event, Oslo, Norway

November 8-9: Women Leaders in Global Health Conference, London, England
November 10-14: American Public Health Association, APHA 2018 EXPO, San Diego
November 12: World Pneumonia Day
November 12-15: Fifth International Conference on Family Planning, Kigali, Rwanda

November 14: World Diabetes Day
November 19: World Toilet Day
November 19-21: CSIH and CanWaCH, Canadian Conference on Global Health: Fragile environments and Global Health: Examining drivers of change, Toronto
November 20: Universal Children’s Day
December 5-6: Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Children’s Health, 2018 Partners Forum, New Delhi 

April 7-11 2019: International Union for Health Promotion and Education 2019 Conference, Rotorua, New Zealand





June 14, 2018