March 2024 Newsletter

Early-bird pricing ends tomorrow: Healthy World Conference 

We’re excited to present the Healthy World Conference preliminary program! Through an interactive and dialogue-forward approach, programming will provide attendees with knowledge, next steps, supportive evidence and community resources to establish specific, measurable and achievable commitments regarding the integration of climate resilience into health and gender equality strategies and programming. 

Book your spot today! Early bird pricing ends on March 15, 2024. Sessions will be held from May 14 to 15 on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka Nation, also known as Montréal, Quebec.

We’re pleased to present a virtual option for those unable to join us in person. Tune in live to hear from key actors and thought leaders and view the recordings of select sessions.

Note: In-person attendees will also be able to access select session recordings following the conference. 

A Canadian guide to the Commission on Status of Women 2024 (CSW68) 

The sixty-eighth session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68) is underway in New York and runs until March 22. Check out a list of the official and unofficial side events, sessions and activities being hosted by CanWaCH members and partners here.

Equal Futures Network receives Bravo award 

The Equal Futures Network, a CanWaCH initiative, received this year’s Bravo Award in recognition of Equal Futures 2023: A Gender Equality Summit! Awarded by the Yukon Convention Bureau to a successful business event in Yukon, involving Yukoners who have worked to bring meetings and conventions to the territory, the award celebrates the summit’s significant efforts. Supported by over 16 Yukon organizations, Equal Futures 2023 hosted 220 total delegates, from across Canada, with many arriving early or staying after to travel throughout the Yukon. The event generated over $390,000 in economic impact to the Yukon. Thank you to everyone who joined us in May on the traditional territories of Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, also known as Whitehorse!

CanWaCH to form the National Women’s Health Research Initiative Coordinating Centre

CanWaCH was thrilled to celebrate International Women’s Day with exciting news from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Women and Gender Equality Canada! Starting April 2024, CanWaCH will form the National Women’s Health Research Initiative Coordinating Centre. The coordinating centre will connect the 10 Pan-Canadian Women’s Health Coalition Hubs working to improve women’s and gender-diverse people’s health. Learn more about the Coalition and how it is improving the health of women and gender-diverse people here

CanWaCH Dialogues: Calgary and Toronto round up! 

CanWaCH was pleased to connect with members and partners in Calgary and Toronto in our February CanWaCH Dialogues! A screening of Dan Pallotta’s insightful UnCharitable documentary was followed by vibrant evenings of discussion, networking and reconnection between leaders, professionals and practitioners in global health. Thank you to all for joining us!

Join the Canadian Delegation to the UN Commission on Population and Development

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) is seeking a youth delegate and a Civil Society Organization (CSO) delegate to join the Canadian delegation to the 57th United Nations (UN) Commission on Population and Development annual session.

Applications close on March 20. Share the call for delegates with your networks with this LinkedIn post

Watch for CanWaCH’s Member Engagement Survey

CanWaCH will be conducting a member engagement survey (MES) over the month of March. Please watch your inbox for CanWaCH’s MES as your feedback will help strengthen our efforts to support the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents around the world. Surveys will be sent to member identified leads across the CanWaCH membership in areas of monitoring and evaluation, programming, communications, policy, public engagement and gender equality.

Presenting At a Glance: Using the Project Explorer for funding opportunities

In the latest edition of our At a Glance series, see how you can use the Project Explorer’s tools to identify gaps and opportunities as you develop and tailor funding strategies. Learning from others and connecting to a large community of like-minded organizations has never been easier!

GTA participants wanted: Study on female circumcision (FGM/C)

Islamic Relief Canada is looking for community members, health care providers and community organizations/service providers (18 years old and above) in the GTA to participate in 20-30 min interviews to share their thoughts, experiences and attitudes regarding FGM/C. Eligible participants will receive a $20 gift card as an honorarium.

Each participant must sign a consent prior to the meeting. The consent form can be filled out here. Schedule your interview here

For more information, contact [email protected] 

Program spotlight: Advocacy accelerator

The Results Canada advocacy accelerator helps non-profits learn more about advocacy and level up their advocacy efforts. The program is targeted to Canadian non-profits with an international development focus but features content adapted to other social justice non-profits both in Canada and around the world, as well as universities, foundations, governments and more.

News, resources and publications   

Advancing comprehensive sexuality education: Strategies for effective implementation, CanWaCH, via Write to Thrive

Gender and climate: 6 points of intersection, CanWaCH, via Write to Thrive

Human Concern International’s health care efforts amid Gaza crisis, Human Concern International, via Write to Thrive

Integrating unpaid care work in gender transformative health programmes: Good practices and lessons, Sopheap Sreng, ADRA Canada and Saifullah Chaudhry, Development Impact Solutions, via Write to Thrive

Men’s accountability to gender equality: an overview of lessons and emerging challenges, Merydth Holte-McKenzie, World Vision Canada and Saifullah Chaudhry, Development Impact Solutions, via Write to Thrive

SRHR and systemic racism: Examining inequities faced by BIPOC communities in Canadian health care, Leisha Toory, via Write to Thrive

Gender equality program in Ethiopian schools turns Sebrina into an aspiring lawyer, Cuso International 

Gender inequalities in vision loss, Operation Eyesight

Guidelines on Gender-Based Violence in the Media, Aura Freedom

Improving the health of pregnant women, mothers and children through the Pamoja Project: Kenya, Health Partners International Canada (HPIC)

In photos: Delivering vitamin A supplementation to hard-to-reach areas in Nigeria, Nutrition International

Lucky Iron Life 2023 Impact Report, Lucky Iron Life

Nutrition International and partners leverage food fortification to fight micronutrient deficiencies in the Philippines, Nutrition International

Rights from the Start Webinar Report, Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights

Water Leadership – It Takes All to Be One, One Drop

Women everywhere deserve access to good nutrition (Video), Nutrition International

What do people actually think about gender? Perspectives from the field, Nutrition International

Interested in submitting a blog to Write to Thrive? Visit!

Upcoming events

March 11-22, 68th Commission on the Status of Women 

March 15, Child Marriage: Deep Dive

March 16, Building Trust: Confronting Anti-Black Racism in Health and Regenerative Medicine

March 20, Unveiling the Power of Gender Transformative Nutrition

March 20, Launch event: Gender-Based Violence in the Media – for Journalists and Advocates

March 26, Gender-Based Violence in the Media: Online Launch event

March 27, T.O. Policy & Public Affairs Connect – A Focus on Feminist Foreign Policy

April 11, 6th Annual Global Health Conference

Jobs and opportunities  

Director, Finance and Administration, Partners in Health Canada

Sr. Manager, Annual Giving and Engagement, Partners in Health Canada

Global Partnerships Manager – Canada Office, Children Believe. Application deadline: March 15

Gender Advisor – St. Lucia, Cuso International. Application deadline: March 22

Senior Development Officer, Partners in Health Canada

Communications Support Officer – Jamaica, Cuso International. Application deadline: March 31

Gender Policy Advisor – Colombia, Cuso International. Application deadline: March 31

Business Marketing Advisor – Ethiopia, Cuso International. Application deadline: March 31

Employment and Business Advisor – Peru, Cuso International. Application deadline: March 31

Resource Mobilization Advisor – Tanzania, Cuso International. Application deadline: March 31

Director of Philanthropy, Amref Health Africa in Canada

Director of Programs and Partnerships, Amref Health Africa in Canada

Make your Mark in Global Health and Become our Next SYP Ambassador, CNNTD. Application deadline: March 31

Operations Manager, Health Partners International Canada

Program Officer, Stephen Lewis Foundation

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

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March 14, 2024