March 2021 Newsletter

One year of a global pandemic: Where are we now?

As we marked the first anniversary of COVID-19 being declared a global pandemic on March 11, vaccines are being deployed around the world, including through COVAX, a global vaccine sharing initiative. In total, 15.6 million COVAX doses have shipped to 26 low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), with many more on the way. The mission to #EndCOVID19Everywhere continues!  Here are seven key things you should know about COVAX

A snapshot of  International Women’s Day 2021

This International Women’s Day (IWD), we took a (virtual) trip from Canada to Ecuador as two women leaders shared a day in the lives of two women leaders on the frontlines of the pandemic. Hear from Tori Ford, Founder and CEO of Medical Herstory, and Daniela Meneses, a medical doctor living in Ecuador!

CanWaCH also marked IWD with an appearance by CanWaCH CEO Julia Anderson on the latest episode of the ‘Women Don’t Do That’ podcast. Tune in for insightful perspectives on navigating your career, parenting and the pandemic as a woman, and how we can achieve recovery for women both at home and abroad!

Join us at CSW65! Movements for Change: Pathways to Achieving Gender Equality

Call it a movement, campaign, or simply making change – no matter what you label it, a wide range of tools are used to engage local communities around the world in gender equality work. Join us on March 23rd to discuss best practices and lessons learned from the Canadian movement. Register today

Celebrate the 65th Commission on the Status of Women with the Canadian Delegation!

To mark the 65th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), we asked the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality, the Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, and members of the Canadian Delegation to share what feminism and feminist leadership means to them. 

Share what feminist leadership means to you with this Tweet:

This #CSW65, I’m celebrating Canada’s work to advance gender equality with @CanWaCH. To me, feminist leadership is… [your answer].

Presentation – COVID-19 Dialogue and Solutions Groups

On March 19, learn how Global Affairs Canada’s COVID-19 Dialogue and Solutions Groups have helped Canadian partners implement projects and contribute to Canada’s response to COVID-19. Register here

Call for Nominations: CanWaCH’s Public Engagement Working Group and Stakeholder Engagement and Policy 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 Friday, April 16, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Murray, Senior Public Engagement Officer. We are also recruiting two youth delegates (18-24 years old) to participate on the PEWG! 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 Friday, April 16, 2021.

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 Friday, April 16, 2021. If you have any questions, please contact Erin Gilchrist, Senior Stakeholder Advisor.

Data Matters

Building on the findings and recommendations of our 100 days of a Pandemic, we held a webinar on the one year anniversary of the WHO declaration of the pandemic on how Canadian organizations have adapted, and continue to adapt, monitoring, evaluation, and research practices in a virtual context. Listen to the recording here.

Articles & Publications

Save the Children Names Danny Glenwright as President & CEO

Easing the burden of survival (Cameroon), Cuso International

France striving to hit 0.7% aid target by 2025, Devex

Community health volunteer goes door-to-door in support of adolescent girls’ nutrition, Nutrition International

She Leads In Crisis: The world is better when she leads too, Care Canada

The Future is Female: Monenus and Vanessa’s just recovery for everyone, Canadian Feed the Children

Empowering women as leaders in global eye health, Operation Eyesight

1 Year into the COVID-19 pandemic: African-led solutions, Amref Health Africa 

#IAMACROSSROADER Campaign, Crossroads International

Nearly 1 In 3 Women Experience Violence: Landmark Report From WHO, NPR Breaking the glass ceiling: empowering girls to become tomorrow’s leaders, Plan Canada Breaking down barriers (Honduras), Cuso International

Nutrition International accelerates large-scale food fortification in Pakistan, Nutrition International

What We Heard Report: Mental Health in a Global Context, CanWaCH

Upcoming Events

March 17, Understanding Gender Equality Through Mixed Methods

March 19, Presentation – COVID-19 Dialogue and Solutions Groups

March 20, International Francophonie Day

March 22, World Water Day

March 22, Reclaiming Power and Place Stories

March 23, Movements for Change: Pathways to Achieving Gender Equality

March 25, Universal home visits empower households to protect maternal and child health

March 26, Mediastyle Masterclass: Expand Your Communications Toolbox

March 31, International Transgender Day of Visibility

April 7, World Health Day

April 7, A Successful Marriage: Research-CSO partnerships delivering practical solutions

Jobs & Opportunities

Y7 Youth Summit 2021 – Survey for Canadian Youth 

Head of Programs, Africa, Cuso International

Administrative Assistant, Aga Khan Foundation Canada

Senior Development Officer, Partners in Health

Project Finance Officer, Cuso International

Call for Concept Notes – Education for Refugee and Displaced Children and Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa, Global Affairs Canada

Survey: COVID-19 and Women’s Health: Developing Policies to Catalyze Well-being

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


March 18, 2021