May 2021 Newsletter

Mobilizing for Menstrual Hygiene Day 2021: A CanWaCH Roundtable Discussion

Periods don’t pause for pandemics! In the lead-up to Menstrual Hygiene Day, CanWaCH is pleased to invite our members and partners to join us for two consecutive roundtable discussions TOMORROW. If you are a communications, public engagement or programming professional in global health interested in joining the discussion, please email us at [email protected] for more information! 

Looking to make some local to global connections? Join the Equal Futures Network at 11:30 am EDT tomorrow for a session on menstrual equity in Canada! This is your opportunity to connect with like minded organizations working locally across the country to brainstorm ideas, exchange challenges and forge a way forward. Register today to join the conversation. 

New Vaccine Equity Resource: A Comprehensive Approach to an Urgent Global Crisis

The only way to beat the COVID-19 virus is to beat it everywhere. Ensuring that everyone is vaccinated, no matter where they live, is a complex challenge requiring multiple solutions and the need to leverage every tool available to us. The roadmap to vaccinating the world against COVID-19, including the most marginalized populations, is one we all need to navigate together. Check out our new resource on vaccine equity to learn about the key areas that Canadian organizations are focused on to help end the COVID-19 pandemic.

Webinar: Integrating LGBTI People into Development Activities

In commemoration of the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT), this webinar introduces a forthcoming CanWaCH toolkit for integrating LGBTI people into work in developing countries. Join us on May 20th at 11:00 am EDT for an overview of LGBTI populations, trends in data, health needs, organizational capacity and readiness to address LGBTI issues, and tips on how to move forward. 

Measuring Access & Rights in Humanitarian Settings

Across diverse and continually changing humanitarian and fragile contexts, one consistent challenge is measuring impact and positive change. In our final critical dialogue series, partners from the Canadian Collaborative for Global Health will discuss the findings and implication of their work in this reality. Join us on May 27th at 11:00 am EDT to explore the challenges of measuring impact in humanitarian contexts, particularly in regards to health and rights programming. 

Making the links in Canada and Africa: Evidence-Informed Policies and Practices to Improve Maternal and Child Health

Today’s world is confronted with an unprecedented need for sound research evidence to inform policies and programs. What can we learn from past experiences? Join us on June 3rd at 10:30 am EDT to explore how the concept of “evidence to action” was implemented by the IMCHA initiative to improve maternal and child health in sub-Saharan Africa. 

Travel guidance for international development partners from Global Affairs Canada 

Travel guidance for international development partners during the pandemic is now live on the Global Affairs Canada website. For more resources, check out the COVID-19 resource section on the CanWaCH website. 

Photo credit: Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM)

Member Spotlight: Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) 

Did you miss International Day of the Midwife on May 5th? Not to worry, the Canadian Association of Midwives (CAM) has you covered! Join CAM for a film screening of the 30 minute documentary “VOICE, CHOICE, CHANGE: The Lives of Midwives” on May 26th at 12:00 pm EDT. Register today to follow the lives of four midwives from South Sudan and Canada, as they negotiate a diverse array of personal and professional challenges in an ongoing search for respect in their respective midwifery practices.

Upcoming Events

May 14, The Equal Futures Network Incubator on Menstrual Equity

May 17, Plan International Canada’s Virtual Storytellers Symposium

May 17, International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

May 17, Equity Film Series – Switching Rhythm

May 18, Ensemble: Résister, Soutenir, Guérir! La solidarité nord-sud dans le mouvements LGBTIQ dans le monde francophone

May 18, Investing in Midwifery Associations to Improve Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

May 20, Integrating LGBTI People into Development Activities

May 20, Next Gen Men Circle talks Raising Feminist Children

May 26, Conversations : il n’y a pas d’âge pour s’engager

May 27, Measuring Access & Rights in Humanitarian Settings

May 27, LGBTQ2 Capacity Fund Recipients Show & Tell

May 28, Menstrual Hygiene Day 

June 3, Making the links in Canada and Africa: evidence-informed policies and practices to improve maternal and child health

June 10, Cuso International Town Hall: 60 Years and Counting

News & Resources

Mothers tap into the power of peer support, Nutrition International   

Turning food fortification regulations into reality in Pakistan, Nutrition International  

A maternal health worker in Bangladesh navigates COVID-19 protocol, Nutrition International  

Opinion: To recover from COVID-19, donor support for tuberculosis must increase, Devex 

The Silent Pandemic: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Mental Health and Psychological Wellbeing of Children in Conflict-Affected Countries, World Vision 

Measuring Change with a Feminist Lens, Oxfam Canada 

Global Affairs Canada Requirements FAQs, Digna, the Canadian Centre of expertise on the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA)

The Vaccine Lifeline in Kenya: Community Health Volunteers, CanWaCH 

Budget 2021: Key Highlights for CanWaCH Members and the International Development Sector, CanWaCH 

Roadmap to vaccine delivery in rural and remote communities around the world, CanWaCH

Jobs & Opportunities

CanWaCH, Communications Assistant, Canada

Cuso International, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Ottawa 

Nutrition International, Procurement and Contracting Officer, Ottawa 

Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights, Director of Government Relations

ADRA Sudan, Protection Specialist (F/M), Sudan 

Children Believe, Director, Grants Acquisition, Markham

Save the Children Canada, Director, People & Operations, Toronto 

RésoSanté Colombie-Britannique, Appui en français pour les étudiants et étudiantes en sciences de la santé, BC 

Nutrition International, Manager, Internal Communications, Ottawa 

Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights, Development Policy Officer

Women Enabled International (WEI), Executive Director

Nutrition International, Manager, Strategy & Governance, Ottawa 

Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology, Senior Global WASH Advisor, Calgary

Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD), 2SLGBTQ+ History Program

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


May 13, 2021