March 2020 Newsletter

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Postponement of the CanWaCH Global Health Impact Expo + Exchange

Along with our members and partners, the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) continues to be very concerned by and is closely monitoring the public health implications associated with COVID-19. After careful consideration of all factors, including yesterday’s confirmation by the World Health Organization that the virus is a pandemic, CanWaCH has decided to postpone the Global Health Impact Expo + Exchange that was scheduled to take place in Ottawa, Canada on April 28-29, 2020. Click here to read our full statement.

That’s a wrap on International Women’s Day 2020!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our French Twitter chat on Friday, March 6th in celebration of IWD 2020. This year’s theme #BecauseOfYou paid tribute to the diverse and inspirational gender equality change-makers we know in our own lives. CanWaCH and its members celebrated ordinary feminist heroes contributing extraordinary achievements to the health, rights and wellbeing of people everywhere. Our work doesn’t stop with the end of IWD, join us by sharing your global health story with #LeadOnCanada on social media! 

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Call for Nominations: CanWaCH’s Public Engagement Working Group

Join CanWaCH’s Public Engagement Working Group (PEWG) to help build awareness of Canadian leadership in global health and gender equality! Submit your nomination by 5:00 pm EDT on Monday, April 10, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Murray, Senior Public Engagement Officer. 

CanWaCH is also excited to announce that we are recruiting two youth delegates (18-24 years old) to participate on the PEWG! With a unique perspective as young leaders, these delegates will provide valuable insights and feedback for how CanWaCH and its members can better engage Canadian youth in our work. Submit your application by 5:00 pm EDT on Monday, April 10, 2020. 

Call for Nominations: CanWaCH’s Stakeholder Engagement and Policy Working Group

CanWaCH’s Stakeholder Engagement and Policy Working Group (SEPWG) has also launched its call for nominations. SEPWG members inform and advise Canadian stakeholders about global health and gender equality! Submit your nomination by 5:00 pm EDT on Monday, April 10, 2020.

Have Your Say! CanWaCH Member and Associate Survey 2020  

The CanWaCH Member and Associate Survey is an opportune moment to have your say on how we shape the coming year, including the tools, resources and additional benefits that you would like to see us offer in 2020-2021. The annual survey also helps us to determine if we are on the right track, offering you another way to share your stories, experiences or feedback from your past year of CanWaCH membership. The more feedback we receive, the better we can design programming and activities that reflect the needs of our members and associates. Complete the survey here. And don’t forget to share it with your colleagues!

Upcoming webinar: Scaling up as a small and medium organization

On April 2nd from 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT, CanWaCH, Horizons of Friendship, Ethiopiaid Canada and the Ontario Council for International Cooperation (OCIC) will share the experiences of small and medium organizations (SMOs) scaling up their operations, and explore lessons learned and opportunities to navigate this process. Register today!

Data Questions? Ask them here! 

Have a question related to data, research, technology, or monitoring and evaluation? Ask our metrics team!  


Anishinaabe, Cree, Inuit, Mohawk, and Oji-Cree women join Horizons in Guatemala for Knowledge Exchange, Horizons of Friendship  

Alimentation de la femme enceinte vulnérable à l’APECOS, L’AMIE  

Seeing is believing: delegation to Tanzania highlights how Canada is making real impact abroad, RESULTS Canada  

Community Health Workers in Africa are the focal point for health education & promotion, Amref Health Africa in Canada 

Health in the SDGs: Intersectoral Action for Health, BMC 

From commitments to action: Advancing gender equality in global health leadership, Canadian Society for International Health 

CanWaCH Urges Meaningful Engagement with CSW64 Postponement, CanWaCH 

Food for Thought: A Conversation on Climate Change & Nutrition at the University of Ottawa, Nutrition International and World Vision Canada 

Achieving Gender Equity in Eye Health, Operation Eyesight


March 13th, 2020 University of New Brunswick International Humanitarian Law Conference, Fredericton 

March 13-14th, Mapping the Global Dimensions of Policy, Hamilton 

March 19th, Lecture: How Research Can Guide Public Policy, Montreal 

March 21-24th, Oxfam Summit and Day of Action, Ottawa

March 22nd, World Water Day, Global 

March 24th, World Tuberculosis Day, Global 

April 3rd, Racialized Maternal Health Conference, Toronto 

April 7th, World Health Day, Global 

April 22-25th, 9th International Research Conference on Adolescents and Adults with FASD, Vancouver 

April 26th, Pegasus Conference: Migration, Climate Change, Sustainable Development, Waterloo 

April 28-30, Public Health 2020, Winnipeg 

May 2-4th, RESULTS Canada National Conference, Ottawa 

May 21-23rd, Indigenous Health Conference, Niagara Falls 

May 28th, Menstrual Hygiene Day, Global 

June 1-12th, McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health, Montreal 

June 2-4th, Towards 2030: Challenging Development to Bridge Extremes in an Age of Polarization, London 

June 21-25, ICM 2020, Bali, Indonesia 

Add your event to the More Canada Events Calendar. 


Global Citizen, Senior Manager, Policy and Government Affairs, New York City 

RESULTS Canada, Communications Officer, Ottawa  

Women Deliver, Young Leaders Class of 2020, Global 

Global Affairs Canada, International Policy Ideas Challenge 2020, Canada 

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March 11, 2020