November 2018 Newsletter

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Canadian Collaborative for Global Health

CanWaCH, with support from Global Affairs Canada, is proud to launch the first Canadian Collaborative for Global Health (the Collaborative). Over the next two years, the Collaborative will bring together Canadian and global partners to generate solutions to urgent data challenges in global health and gender equality. This effort is rooted in a feminist approach to creating lasting change and will enable Canada to meaningful progress towards the SDGs. Learn more about the projects and the civil society organizations and research institutions involved here. 

We hope to see you at our AGM!

The CanWaCH 2018 AGM (hosted during the CCGH conference) is swiftly approaching and we’d love to see you there. Register to attend in-person or virtually here. If the voting representative for your organization has not received their voting information, please contact [email protected].

Last call: Get Your Tickets to the Lead On Canada Film Festival

Join us at the #LeadOnCanada Film Festival for ‘dinner and a movie CanWaCH-style’! The fun begins at 6PM on Tuesday, November 20th at 2nd Floor Events in Toronto. Watch the work of CanWaCH members, such as AMREF Health Africa, Oxfam-Québec, HealthBridge, and many others, come to life on the big screen while dining and networking with friends and colleagues. Get your tickets here. 

Watch for ICFP Coverage from Kigali

This week, CanWaCH will be showcasing perspectives on Canadian leadership in global health from Kigali, Rwanda for the 5th International Conference on Family Planning. Watch our social media channels for live updates from the conference and monitor our ICFP page for regular reports #LeadOnCanada

It’s time to ‘Get More Girls in the Game’

CanWaCH is partnering with Nutrition International and WickFest to tackle gender equality, health and nutrition through sport. As part of the annual Wickfest hockey tournament, which attracts 9,000 young female hockey players, coaches and parents, we’ll be leading an interactive leadership workshop focusing on the millions of girls “kept out of the game” due to poor health, seeking to inspire and mobilize the players to take action. In addition, a panel discussion on gender equality, moderated by CanWaCH’s Acting Executive Director, Julia Anderson, will feature leaders in the field, including Hayley Wickenheiser and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. Stay up-to-date by following @LeadOnCanada on Facebook!

What are your goals for Women Deliver 2019? Let us know!

Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada and its Mobilizers are working collaboratively to identify the legacies that the Mobilization wants to see come out of Women Deliver 2019. If you are a #WeDeliver2019 Mobilizer, then be sure to email [email protected] for more info on how you can have input in this important process. Not yet a Mobilizer? No problem – join the movement and engage online using  #WeDeliver2019!

Metrics Monthly Bulletin: Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

This month’s member spotlight is Centre Canadien d’Étude et de Coopération Internationale. CECI is a recognized international network of experts working at the intersections of economic development, food security, human safety and emergency response, and gender equality. Through sustainable development projects, they have been working to combat poverty and exclusion in the Africa, Asia and Americas regions. Learn more about CECI’s work here.

16 days of activism to end gender-based violence

Worldwide, 1 in 3 women has experienced physical or sexual violence — most often by an intimate partner. Are you ready for action? The countdown is on for 16 days of campaigning to end gender-based violence starting on November 25 (International Day to End Violence against Women) and ends of December 10 (International Human Rights Day). Learn more here.

Canada renews support for Global Financing Facility

On November 6th, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development, announced an additional $50 million CAD for the Global Financing Facility (GFF). CanWaCH is excited to see the proud tradition of Canadian Leadership in women and girls’ health continue with this announcement. #LeadOnCanada

Consultations on Official Development Assistance Contributions

The Department of Finance launched its 2018 consultations seeking Canadians’ views on its contributions to the World Bank Group’s International Development Association, the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative, and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank.

The Department would also like to hear from Canadians about how it can contribute to enhanced reporting of international assistance, as the Government committed to doing in Budget 2018. More information about this consultation can be found here.

Call for Project Testimonials

Global Affairs Canada is collecting short, first-person stories from GAC-funded, child rights-focused projects they can highlight on Facebook for Universal Children’s Day and beyond. Organizations have been invited to contact Seema Akhtar with any existing resources or background materials that can be used for this purpose. Stories or background materials should be accompanied by a high-quality image or video.

“Hope at Home”

The Christian Children’s Fund of Canada is excited to announce the premiere of “Hope at Home,” a CCFC mini-documentary filmed on-location with the affected people of Nicaragua and Central America. Take 15 minutes to gain a deeper insight into the issues. View it now.



Looming famine in Yemen could put two million mothers at risk of death, UN News

Report on Gender Equality and Big Data, UN Women

EM2030 and partners present the SDG Gender Index in Senegal, Equal Measures 2030

Propelling Motherhood Project, Santi Uganda and The Firelight Group

Air pollution and child health: prescribing clean air, World Health Organization

New global commitment to primary health care for all at Astana conference, World Health Organization

Dubai Declaration Announced at UN World Data Forum, CanWaCH

More countries partner to target ‘zero hunger’ in global south, UN News

The cost and challenge of vaccine development for emerging and emergent infectious diseases, The Lancet Global Health

Q&A: How to integrate sexual and reproductive health services into broader health agendas, Devex

The Power of Choice: Reproductive rights and the demographic transition, United Nations Population Fund



November 19, World Toilet Day, Global
November 20, Universal Children’s Day, Global
November 19-21, Canadian Conference on Global Health, Toronto
November 20, CanWaCH Annual General Meeting, Toronto
November 20, Lead On Canada Film Festival, Toronto
November 22, WickFest: Get More Girls in the Game: Leadership Workshop, Calgary
November 22, Solutions for Gender Equality: Who counts, Who matters? Making Data and Data Systems Work for Women and Girls, Ottawa
December 2, Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100, Johannesburg, South Africa
December 4, Canadian Immunization Conference, Ottawa
December 12, PMCH Partners’ Forum, New Delhi, India
February 3-9, 2019, International Development Week, Canada
March 11-22, 2019, Sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women, New York
April 7, 2019, 23rd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, Rotorua, New Zealand
June 3, 2019, Women Deliver 2019, Vancouver



CanWaCH, Request for Proposals: Lead On Canada Engagement Strategy and Content Design, Canada
CARE Canada, Senior Director, Fundraising, Ottawa
Cuso International, Food Security Advisor, Ethiopia
Cuso International, Gender Advisor and Sexual and Reproductive Health, Democratic Republic of the Congo  
Cuso International, Gender Specialist, Philippines
Cuso International, Midwife Advisor – Clinical Practice, Ethiopia
Cuso International, Social & Behaviour Change Advisor, Mozambique
Cuso International, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Advisor, Zambia
Grand Challenges Canada, Associate Communications Officer, Toronto
Grand Challenges Canada, Knowledge Management Associate (Humanitarian), Toronto
HOPE International Development Agency, Executive Director, Vancouver & Lower Mainland BC
IDRC, Research Award: Advisory Committee on Research Ethics 2019, Ottawa
RESULTS Canada, Campaigns Officer, Ottawa
RESULTS Canada, Communications Officer, Ottawa


November 12, 2018