CanWaCH Newsletter: June 2024

Coming soon: Member Coffee Chats!

At CanWaCH, we are dedicated to creating a welcoming environment for our members to gather, share challenges and best practices, and exchange knowledge. Open to all CanWaCH members this summer, a pilot of virtual Coffee Chats will provide an informal setting for members to connect, discuss their work and share best practices on a specific, predetermined topic. Example topics could range from effective youth engagement, to helpful AI tools or anything in between. There are no expectations from participants other than being ready to engage by sharing a bit about your work, listening and learning from each other.

More information to come in our July newsletter! Please email [email protected] if you have questions or would like to suggest a topic. 

Limited spots remaining: 101 workshop on menstrual equity for youth

CanWaCH is partnering with Free Periods Canada to facilitate a virtual and interactive workshop on menstrual equity for youth aged 30 and under in our network. Starting at 5 p.m. EDT on June 18, the workshop builds a deepened understanding of period poverty, helping to end the stigma surrounding menstruation and increase awareness about the challenges related to accessing menstrual products. Registration is limited to 30 participants on a first-come, first-served basis! 

As we returned from last month’s Healthy World Conference: Dialogues on Health, Gender and Climate Resilience, where many sessions highlighted the impact of climate change and climate-related disasters on the health of women and girls, we published a blog on Write to Thrive focused on how climate change emerges as a central concern for menstrual health and hygiene. 

National Indigenous History Month feature: The Indigenous Youth, Art and Water Initiative

In late 2023, the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER), One Drop, and young Indigenous ambassadors from regions across Canada gathered in Kananaskis Country to co-launch the Indigenous Youth, Art and Water Initiative (IYAWI). Captured by Wapikoni Mobile, this inspiring short film highlights the voices of young Indigenous leaders embarking on community art projects. These projects aim to address water issues that disproportionately affect First Nations, Métis and Inuit communities across Canada. 

Pride Month feature: Talents Pluriels

Based in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cuso International’s Talents Pluriels program helps to create decent, safe and inclusive jobs and entrepreneurship opportunities for LGBTQ+ young people, many of whom regularly face discrimination, isolation and/or violence. In a new blog, Cuso International highlights efforts alongside local partners Jeunialissime and Si Jeunesse Savait to create inclusive jobs and entrepreneurship skills for vulnerable youth in the cities of Bukavu, Kinshasa and Lubumbashi.

Call for nominations: The Paul Farmer lectureship and award 

Through the Paul Farmer Lectureship and Award for Global Health Equity, the McGill School of Population and Global Health aims to identify, honour and promote champions who have dedicated their lives to achieving health equity in the most challenging circumstances. The deadline for submissions is Monday, July 15, 2024, at 11:59 PM EDT. All applications must be submitted by email as a single PDF package to Kevin O’Neill at [email protected]. Please include “2024 McGill Paul Farmer Award Nomination” as well as the name of the candidate in the email subject line.

Report to Parliament on the Government of Canada’s international assistance 2022-2023

Global Affairs Canada is pleased to share with you the 2022-2023 Report to Parliament on the Government of Canada’s International Assistance. The report provides an overview of Canada’s federal international assistance results achieved through the collective efforts of 21 departments and agencies, working with a broad range of Canadian and international partners around the world. Volume 1 of the report presents a whole-of-government overview of Canada’s federal international assistance activities, with Volume 2, under the leadership of the Department of Finance, reporting on Canada’s engagement with international financial institutions.

News, resources and publications   

Resource highlight: National Indigenous People’s History Month Resource Hub, Canadian Feed The Children

Canadian Minister for Development visits Canada-funded vitamin A supplementation project in Addis Ababa, Nutrition International

Climate change and menstrual health: Understanding the impact, CanWaCH

DRC: Talents Pluriels Project empowers women entrepreneurs, Cuso International

Empowering women, girls to choose their reproductive futures, Partners In Health Canada

Food forests: A space for growth and healing, Canadian Feed The Children

Heal. Grow. Thrive: Celebrating National Indigenous History Month, Canadian Feed The Children

Improving maternal health and nutrition around the world, Nutrition International

In Malawi, PIH wins award for strengthening health system, Partners In Health Canada

IYAWI – The Indigenous Youth, Art and Water Initiative (Short film), One Drop

Maternal Center of Excellence: The future of dignified care in Sierra Leone, Partners In Health Canada

Nutrition International partners with Atlas AI to leverage artificial intelligence platform to enhance global nutrition programs, Nutrition International

Plan International Global Ambassador and Netflix star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan visits schools in Geita, Tanzania, to learn what periods have to do with girls’ education (Video), Plan International Canada

Providing mental health care for pregnant women and mothers in Peru, Partners In Health Canada

Report to Parliament on the Government of Canada’s International Assistance, Global Affairs Canada

Strengthening maternal and newborn health services in India (Video), Nutrition International

The Discovery Pod: Plan International Canada With Lindsay Glassco, President & CEO, Plan International Canada

The Eleanor Crook Foundation and Philanthropic Partners Release New Investment Case to Reach Pregnant Women Worldwide with a Complete Prenatal Supplement, The Eleanor Crook Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and Kirk Humanitarian

The power of adolescent nutrition programming (Video), Nutrition International  

They are not alone: Three Transgender women’s stories of resistance in Peru, Partners In Health Canada

This little one has a big future ahead, Operation Eyesight

What happened to the joy of giving?, Lindsay Glassco, President and CEO, Plan International Canada

Where’s the Bloody Queen? Women and girls’ barriers to schools and work – a policy brief on menstrual health, WaterAid Canada

Interested in submitting a blog to Write to Thrive? Visit

Upcoming events

June 14, Preparatory Meeting for the 2025 United Nations Ocean Conference

June 18, Menstrual Hygiene Day event

June 20, Youth Action on Climate, Water and Neglected Tropical Diseases

June 20, The Charlevoix Education Initiative

June 21, Canadian Women’s International Network (CanWIN) Global Summit

June 25, Session 2 – From Reflection to Action: A Generative Dialogue on incorporating Indigenous teachings into international cooperation

July 16, Hope in Action: Community-led efforts to end GBV and HIV

July 16, Pain in Childbirth: an interdisciplinary approach

July 22 to 24, CFUW National AGM and Realizing Potential Conference

Jobs and opportunities  

Logistics Manager, Right to Play International. Application deadline: June 21

Chief Financial and Investment Officer, World Renew. Application deadline: June 30

Conseiller.ère en développement philanthropique et marketing relationnel, Médecins du Monde. Application deadline: June 30

Director – International Disaster Response Team, World Renew. Application deadline: July 12

Call for Nominations: The Paul Farmer Lectureship and Award for Global Health Equity, McGill University School of Population and Global Health. Application deadline: July 15

D’un.e en administration, Santé Monde. Open until filled.

D’un.e responsable en administration et finances, Santé Monde. Open until filled.

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

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June 13, 2024