June 2022 Newsletter

The Criminal Code blocks Canadian humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan

Since the Taliban takeover of power in August 2021, Canadian anti-terror legislation – section 83.03 of the Criminal Code – has barred humanitarian organizations from implementing Canadian-funded programs in Afghanistan.

A coalition of humanitarian organizations is urging Canada to meet its obligation to respect and support adherence to International Humanitarian Law principles, which include the unimpeded provision of humanitarian assistance in situations of conflict. Read more here.

Equal Futures Network Hosts Gender Equality Summit in Ottawa

The Equal Futures Network, a CanWaCH initiative, hosted Equal Futures 2022 from June 7-8. A gender equality summit, Equal Futures 2022 brought together the gender equality movement in Canada, hosting over 200 participants at Carleton Unversity in Ottawa and over 180 participants virtually!

The summit featured workshops, plenary discussions, and an array of keynote speakers, including the Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of International Development, and the Honourable Maryam Monsef, an advocate for women and gender equality in Canada and around the world. 

Recordings, photos and additional resources from the summit can now be found at https://equalfuturesnetwork.ca/equal-futures-2022/ 

We’re Excited to Be the New Home of ThriveHire!

Launched in 2018, ThriveHire was founded by Hayley Mundeva. After receiving her Masters in Global Health, Hayley worked for several years in global health research. During this time, she was troubled by the lack of information on how to launch and develop a career in global health. The solution? ThriveHire.

Now calling the CanWaCH website home, ThriveHire Files is your go-to destination for commentary on hot topics in global health, career and job search advice, best practices and lessons learned from practitioners, and more! 

Gender Equality Facilitation Training Program 

This month CanWaCH hosted a series of gender equality facilitation training workshops focused on strengthening sector capacity in gender equality! The program is designed to train individuals in delivering CanWaCH’s premiere virtual training material and benefit from one-on-one feedback to bolster their facilitation skills. If you would like to learn more about CanWaCH’s gender equality facilitation training program please contact Erica Fotheringham, Manager, Learning and Gender Equality.

Participate in a New Study from Global Affairs Canada on Canadian International Development Organizations’ Engagement with Localization 

Commissioned by Global Affairs Canada, this new study aims to understand the practices, perspectives, successes, and challenges of Canadian international development organizations vis-à-vis the localization of international assistance. Please note that the study is not an evaluation of the participating organizations, and organizations do not need to be funded by Global Affairs Canada to participate. This study would like to reflect the full diversity of the Canadian international development sector from coast to coast to coast, and thus include as many organizations as possible.

For questions, please contact the independent researcher conducting this study, Julia Rao, at [email protected]. The deadline to submit a questionnaire is: July 7, 2022.

Upcoming Sector Moments: The 21st Anniversary of the Monument to Canadian Aid Workers and AIDS 2022

This month marks the 21st anniversary of the Monument to Canadian Aid Workers. Unveiled in June 2001, the Monument commemorates the long-standing commitment of Canadian volunteers, doctors, nurses, midwives, government employees, humanitarians and many more, to international development and humanitarian aid while honouring those who have lost their lives in pursuit of this work. Visit this HealthBridge webpage and watch this CanWaCH video to learn more. 

CanWaCH is looking forward to attending AIDS 2022, the 24th International AIDS Conference! Taking place from July 29 to August 2, 2022, in Montreal (and online), the theme calls on the world to come together to re-engage and follow the science. Check out an updated Resource Hub as a part of the Canada Pavilion managed by the Canadian Association for Global Health (CAGH).

Will we see you there? Let us know via email, we’re looking forward to amplifying our members attending the conference. 

Data Matters: Join us at Virtual Community Exchange 3

CanWaCH is excited to be participating in third IATI Virtual Community Exchange taking place on Tuesday 28 June from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT. Our session, Visibility and transparency: a conversation about the importance of data on and from local organisations’ will consist of an interactive conversation alongside Fields Data, Bike Scouts, and David Marchesseault, Evaluation Manager, Strategic Policy Branch (PFM), Global Affairs Canada. Join us to dive into issues on ensuring the availability of comprehensive and transparent international aid data, capturing the right data to support transparency and aligning commitments, and more.

Member Spotlight: Grand Challenges Canada

Grand Challenges Canada announced the achievement of a major milestone: 10 million lives improved! Since its inception in 2010, Grand Challenges Canada-funded global health and humanitarian innovations have improved a total of 10 million lives in low- and middle-income countries, including 1.78 million pregnant women and newborns receiving treatment and services to improve pregnancy and birth outcomes. Congratulations, Grand Challenges Canada! 

News and Publications 

Access to quality maternal health and nutrition services is not a privilege – it’s a necessity, Nutrition International

Artists are mediators of social change and must be involved in building resilient systems, One Drop

Bloody expensive: Four in five of those who menstruate in Canada say period products are too pricey, Plan Canada

Boards for All? A review of power, policy and people on the boards of organisations active in global health 2022, Global Health 50/50

Dramatic effects of COVID-19 public health measures and mass reverse migration on youth sexual and reproductive health in rural Uganda, Healthy Adolescents and Young People (HAY!) 

Gender Parity in Leadership at the World Health Assembly, Women in Global Health

Government of Odisha and Nutrition International join efforts to eradicate iodine deficiency, Nutrition International 

Government of Pakistan and Nutrition International launch new implementation research to advance maternal health and nutrition, Nutrition International

Integrating Local Knowledge in Development Practice (Recording), USAID featuring Elaine Stavnitzky from Salanga

L’évaluation en contexte de développement (French only), Lynda Rey, Jean Serge Quesnel et Vénétia Sauvain

Measuring Change With A Feminist Lens, Oxfam Canada

Neglected Areas Toolkit, Action Canada

Nouveau Québec sans Frontières, CECI

Nutrition International and partners launch project to test new double-fortified salt product intended to reduce the risk of neural tube defects in Ethiopia, Nutrition International

Opinion: Canada needs to speak up about global hunger at the G7l, David Morle, President and CEO of UNICEF Canada, via the Globe and Mail

Prime Minister Trudeau announces Canadian support to address global food security crisis, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Progress towards polio eradication – worldwide, January 2020–April 2022, WHO

Rapport de capitalisation : L’expérience de médecins du monde en haïti en matière de lutte contre le choléra, Médecins du Monde Canada

Sectoral Guides, Re Generation

State of World Population 2022 Report: Seeing the Unseen. The case for action in the neglected crisis of unintended pregnancy, UNFPA

S’outiller pour influencer : et si vous avez plus de pouvoir que vous ne le pensez? (Recording – French only), REFIPS

Transforming the Data Landscape: Solutions to Close Gender Data Gaps, 2022 Report, Open Data Watch

Vision centres help patient outcomes: study, Operation Eyesight

Vitamin A supplementation saves lives and is an entry point for strengthening health systems, Nutrition International

What Works Summit 2022 (Recordings), Social Progress Imperative

Women’s empowerment under the lens of global health equity: Literature review of challenges, best practices, and societal impact, Walaa Al-Chetachi, Agafya Krivova, Hana’a Badran, Saida Azam, Eman Radwan, Yasmine Shalaby, Mithila Orin, Edith Quintanilla, Shafi Bhuiyan

Upcoming Events 

June 23, Nature-Based Solutions, Climate Resilience, and the SDGs

June 23, World Day of Migrants and Refugees

June 25, Youth Summit 2022 – Equality, Equity and Inclusion

June 28, 21st Anniversary of The Monument to Canadian Aid Workers 

June 28, 2022, IATI Virtual Community Exchange (VCE3)

July 11, World Population Day

July 29 – August 2, 24th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2022)

August 18-20, Epidémiologie et santé publique: union des forces en Francophonie. IXe Congrès international d’épidémiologie 

August 24-25, 13th International Conference on the Maternal Child Health Handbook

November 14-17, International Conference on Family Planning- ICFP 2022, Pattaya City, Thailand & virtual

November 21-23, “Inclusive Global Health in Uncertain Times: Research and Practice”, 28th Canadian Conference on Global Health

Jobs and Opportunities

Campaign Director, Bigger Than Our Borders

Chargé·e de projet, Santé Monde

Chargé·e de projet, Santé Monde

Conseiller-ère en développement de sites web, CECI

Consultancy: Outdoor Exhibition Evaluation, Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC)

Consultancy: Sector consultation on overseas education programs, Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC)

Direction générale, Santé Monde

Gender Analyst, Bruyere Research Institute, Nutrition International, and University of Toronto

Intern, Campaigns and Organizing, ONE Canada

Manager, Community Engagement, Canadian Red Cross

People and Culture Manager, Children Believe

Program Officer, CARE Canada

Research Officer, Bruyere Research Institute, Nutrition International, and University of Toronto

Senior Financial Analyst, Crossroads International

Stakeholder Engagement Specialist, Bruyere Research Institute, Nutrition International, and University of Toronto

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


June 23, 2022