March 2017 Newsletter

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Investing in Women & Girls

March got off to a roaring start with investment in women and girls. At the She Decides conference on in Brussel on March 2nd, $190-million was raised to support organizations that help women in developing countries with family planning. International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced at that event that Canada would direct $20-million towards Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau then marked International Women’s Day on March 8th with an announcement that $650 million will be directed over three years towards women’s empowerment, including SRHR. CanWaCH and its partners welcomed this demonstration of Canada’s global leadership and commitment to the health and rights of women and girls.


Register now for the CanWaCH Global Adolescent Health Conference: Unleashing the Power of a Generation. Presented in partnership with Every Women Every Child (EWEC), the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) and the World Health Organization (WHO), the conference takes place May 16-17 in Ottawa. This event is also supported by Women Deliver, the Lancet Commission on Adolescent Health and youth changemakers.

Book your accommodations soon as hotels in Ottawa are filling quickly due to Canada’s 150th birthday events. Information on registration, hotels and more can be found on our conference webpage.

Call for Nominations: CanWaCH Public Engagement Working Group

CanWaCH is now accepting nominations from our partner organizations for the CanWaCH Public Engagement Working Group (PEWG). Members of this group will provide input, expertise and advice towards CanWaCH’s public engagement coordination and outreach. Ideal candidates will be the lead resource for their organization’s public engagement activities. For more information on the PEWG, including its terms of reference, please review the Call for Nominations form.

Invitation: March 28 Project Explorer Webinar

Join a live demo of our new Project Explorer! Launched in January, our Project Explorer allows users to explore Canadian overseas financial commitments to women and children’s health using Official Open Data. Users can filter data by country and by sector, explore more detailed information about specific projects, and download raw data. To create this tool, CanWaCH partnered with Aniket Bhushan and the Canadian International Development Platform. Join us for this webinar, led by Aniket on March 28 from 12 pm to 1 pm, as he demonstrates the functionality of the Project Explorer and answers questions on its use. Register here.

Gender Equality Forum Agenda

The agenda has been released for the Gender Equality Forum which takes place April 3-4, 2017 in Toronto. View the impressive line-up of speakers and a program envisioning a gender equal world in 2030. There’s still time to register! With CanWaCH as a Special Contributor to this event, Executive Director Helen Scott discussed gender equality, women’s empowerment and more with event organizer Global Compact Network Canada as part of their Gender Equality Interview Series. Read it here.

CCIC’s Analysis of Global Affairs Canada’s What We Heard Summary

The Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) has released an analysis of the official summary document from the government’s International Assistance Review (IAR). The analysis identifies areas where CCIC feels the consultation makes important and welcome advances from the discussion paper that launched the Review. The analysis also highlights areas where, from the Council’s perspective, the summary document still falls short. CanWaCH partners will find the CCIC Analysis of Global Affairs Canada’s What We Heard Summary helpful to their work.

Consultation Deadline March 13: Global Financing Facility Civil Society Engagement Strategy

The Civil Society constituency of the Global Financing Facility (GFF) has launched a public consultation on its Civil Society Engagement Strategy. The consultation ends March 13th. The Civil Society Guide to the GFF has also recently been published. It’s a helpful tool for better understanding the GFF and in highlighting how CSOs can get engaged, including the GFF Civil Society Coordinating Group. The Terms of Reference for this group can be found here.

Christopher Armstrong, Director of Health at Plan International Canada has recently been named one of the civil society alternate members of the GFF Investor’s Group. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the CSO engagement in the GFF further, please contact Chris.

Women Deliver: Deliver for Good Campaign Update

Aligned with International Women’s Day, the Deliver for Good campaign March theme is “Strengthen Women’s Political Participation & Decision-Making Power”. Download their infographic and or help spread the word using Women Deliver partner resources, including policy briefs, articles, videos and other social media resources. April’s Deliver for Good campaign theme is “Ensuring Access to Comprehensive Health Services”. If you have any related content or information on this theme to share, please email us.

United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

The sixty-first session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from March 13-24, 2017. Representatives from UN member states, UN entities and non-governmental organizations from all regions of the world will attend the session and/or its side events. The priority theme is women’s economic empowerment in the changing work of work. Learn more about CSW and to follow the event on the UN Women website.

Download the WASH Infographic for MNCH

CAWST (Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology) has launched a new infographic resource illustrating the importance and impact of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) for maternal, newborn, and child health. Download it now.



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