May 2019 Newsletter

Women Deliver 2019: Putting CanWaCH Members on the Map

Women Deliver is less than a month away and we look forward to seeing many of you in Vancouver! CanWaCH is eager to capture the wide array of unofficial side events and online campaigns or initiatives that many CanWaCH members are organizing alongside the conference. Please complete this form no later than Friday, May 10th to include your activities in our outreach tools in the lead up to Women Deliver.

See you at the Canada Pavilion!

Less than a 10-minute walk from the Vancouver Convention Centre, the Canada Pavilion, powered by CanWaCH and the Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada, will be the go-to-location for Canadian events hosted alongside the Women Deliver conference. We are thrilled to be hosting over 40 events by CanWaCH Members and Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada Mobilizers. The preliminary schedule is online now! Please note that this schedule only includes finalized events. Additional events details and updates will be provided on a regular basis. 

Take part in the #WeDeliver2019 Month of Action!

Join the rallying cry for unity in gender equality and women’s empowerment. With less than one month until Women Deliver 2019, NOW is the time to take action! Make your voice heard during Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada’s Month of Action by following these easy steps:

  1. Share why gender equality matters to you! Have your voice heard alongside CanWaCH Members, Mobilizers, Ministers and the Prime Minister.
  2. Add the Month of Action photo frame to your social media profiles.
  3. Take this quiz about how you implement your feminist values to see where you excel and where you can take more action.
  4. Show support for our Action Area by signing our Legacy Declaration.

Even though we have made significant progress, we cannot realize our full potential without the full participation of everyone! Let everyone know you have taken action by using #WeDeliver2019 on social media.

The CanWaCH Learning Series has arrived!

CanWaCH is proud to present a knowledge exchange platform that will provide responsive, practical capacity-strengthening and learning opportunities across key themes in data, global health and gender equality. We are thrilled to launch this Series with a two-part online session exploring the use of an innovative mobile health application in fragile settings:

Stay tuned for more learning opportunities and supplementary resources as a part of the 2019 Learning Series!

What IS the Thrive Agenda?

Have you been wondering what the Thrive Agenda is all about? To learn more, watch this video by CanWaCH’s Acting Executive Director Julia Anderson for a full briefing. For questions or to learn how you can take action, please contact Megan Aikens, Senior Stakeholder Engagement Advisor!

Lights, camera, Lead On Canada!

To celebrate World Immunization Week, CanWaCH’s Acting Executive Director Julia Anderson, sat down with GAVI Deputy CEO Anuradha Gupta and award-winning journalist Kimothy Walker for an in-depth conversation about the role that vaccination plays in Canada’s leadership in global health. In particular, they discussed Canada’s long-term support for GAVI’s innovative vaccination model, the anti-vaxxer movement, and why Canadian leadership in women and children’s health should be a point of pride for Canadians!

Humanity & Inclusion Canada: “When the water shook”

Humanity & Inclusion is proud to present “When the water shook”, a web series that gives a face to victims of natural disasters who can, at any time, be injured, lose their homes and suddenly change lives. Nirmala, 11, a survivor of the earthquake that hit Nepal four years ago, tells us her story.

2019 Canadian Conference on Global Health: Call for Abstracts is Now Open!

The 25th Canadian Conference on Global Health will acknowledge the importance of accountability and the influence of power and politics on health in today’s landscape under the theme Governance for Global Health: Power, Politics and Justice. The Canadian Society for International Health is now accepting submissions for oral and poster presentations, workshops, symposia, and videos until June 16th. Submissions may address any global health topic but must relate to the conference theme and one of the sub-themes.


Feminist International Assistance Gender Equality Toolkit for Projects, Global Affairs Canada 

WHO releases first guidelines on digital health interventions, WHO

Building a More Gender-Responsive Humanitarian System, Global Affairs Canada 

Why Vitamin A and Immunization are Better Together, Nutrition International

Manitoba’s Leadership in Global Health Impacting Millions, University of Manitoba

Evening for Equity, Partners in Health Canada

PIH Leader Addresses UN on Women, Girls’ Situation in Haiti, Partners in Health Canada

Fighting Malnutrition from the Vegetable Garden, Action Against Hunger

Muslim minority women break barriers to embrace family planning in Nepal, United Nations Population Fund

Shaila Khan Leekha and Vivian Onano join Nutrition International Board of Directors, Nutrition International

International Day of the Midwife: 5 things you should know, UN News

Guest Blog: World Immunization Week – defining the road to reach every last child with vaccines, RESULTS Canada

NGOs call on Canada to renew foreign funding for women and children before it runs out in 2020, The Globe and Mail

Women Deliver – a moment for Canada to deliver on women’s rights, RESULTS Canada


May 10th, Health System Integration Summit, Saskatchewan

May 17-19th, OUTShine 2019, Egale

May 23rd, International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, Global

May 23rd, Using WhatsApp to connect, train and empower health professionals in Sub-Saharan Africa, Online

May 31st, Women’s empowerment through digital technology in addressing Gender-Based Violence and Reproductive Maternal Newborn Child Health, Ottawa

May 31st, Women’s Health Research Symposium 2019, Vancouver

June 2-7th, Canada Pavilion, Vancouver

June 2nd, Ending FGM/C Pre-conference at Women Deliver 2019, Vancouver

June 3-6th, Women Deliver 2019, Vancouver

June 10-21st, McGill Summer Institute in Infectious Diseases and Global Health, Montreal

June 14-16th, North American Refugee Health Conference, Toronto

October 17-19, Canadian Conference on Global Health, Ottawa

November 7-8th, BORN 2019 Conference: Improving Care Through World-Class Data and Innovation, Ottawa 

Add your event to the More Canada Events Calendar.


University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine, Research Assistant, SPaCE, Calgary

Grand Challenges Canada, Associate Communications Officer, Toronto

Grand Challenges Canada, Finance Manager, Toronto

Nutrition International, Data Management and Logistics Officer, Technical Assistance for Nutrition (TAN), Ottawa

Nutrition International, Knowledge Management & Communications Officer (TAN), Ottawa

Canadian Feed the Children, Head of Programs, Toronto

Effect: hope, Digital Marketing Coordinator, Markham

Cuso International, Manager, Annual Fund, Canada

Cuso International, Various Volunteer Positions, Global

Nutrition International, Vice President, Global Technical Services, Ottawa

Health Partners International of Canada, Director, Philanthropy, Oakville

Canadian Feed the Children, Director of Finance, Toronto

Canadian Society for International Health, Call for Presentations: 25th Canadian Conference on Global Health, Canada

IDRC, IDRC Doctoral Research Awards 2019, Canada

Canadian Red Cross, Various Volunteer Positions, Global


May 7, 2019