November 2023 Newsletter

Last chance to register for the CanWaCH Annual General Meeting

This is your last chance to register for our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, November 22! Starting at 1 p.m. EST, the AGM will feature key CanWaCH strategic and operational updates during the business meeting portion. It will be followed by a keynote address by Shweta Narayan that will consider the role of the global health community in protecting public health from climate change and shaping responses to the climate crisis. 

Connect and collaborate before and after our AGM on November 22 via The Nonprofit Hive. Register for one-to-one 20 minute networking opportunities by 11:59 p.m. Saturday, November 18!

Save the date! Healthy World Conference coming to Montreal in 2024

CanWaCH will host its 2024 flagship event, the CanWaCH Healthy World Conference, from May 14 to 15, 2024! Held on the traditional territory of the Kanien’kehà:ka Nation, also known as Montreal, Quebec, the conference will aim to strengthen the capacity of the Canadian global health sector through climate-conscious, gender transformative action. Stay tuned for more information in our December newsletter! 

Renew your membership and cast your AGM votes

Membership renewal notices and voting information for the AGM have been sent to all CanWaCH member organizations. Membership fees must be paid before the AGM for your organization’s votes to be valid. If you would like to request a financial accommodation waiver, or if you have any questions about your membership invoice or AGM voting access, please email us at [email protected]

Presenting the Power of Coalitions and new tools to advance gender equality together

The Equal Futures Network, a CanWaCH initiative, is excited to present a new report, the Power of Coalitions.  The report includes best practices for working in partnership to drive progress for gender equality, lessons learned and important tools and resources developed over the course of the project to strengthen and support your gender equality efforts.  

Members provide humanitarian update on critical situation in Gaza

Following a press conference on Parliament Hill last week, leading Canadian humanitarian organizations, including CanWaCH members Médecins du Monde Canada, Oxfam-Québec, Save the Children Canada, Islamic Relief Canada, CARE Canada, Humanité & Inclusion Canada and Human Concern International, shared a joint statement on the humanitarian emergency in Gaza. Learn how the Humanitarian Coalition is responding here

A warm welcome to the newest CanWaCH members

We’re thrilled to welcome Aura Freedom International, CAUSE Canada, Covenant House Vancouver, HelpAge Canada and Vitala Global Foundation to the CanWaCH membership! 

Aura Freedom is a grassroots feminist organization working to eradicate male violence against women and human trafficking through advocacy, education, research and survivor support. 

CAUSE Canada partners with hard-to-reach rural communities in Central America and West Africa to empower people living in extreme poverty to meet their basic health, education and livelihood needs.

Covenant House Vancouver is a trauma-informed agency that serves youth aged 16-24 who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing homelessness, trafficking or exploitation. 

HelpAge Canada supports community-based initiatives through its partnerships across Canada and abroad to improve the lives of older persons and their communities.

Vitala Global Foundation is a not for profit committed to co-creating digital solutions to support and facilitate self-managed abortion, contraception and miscarriage care with women, girls and gender diverse folks living in challenging contexts globally.

Learn more about our new members by visiting our website

Upcoming sector moment: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence is an annual international campaign that begins on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and goes until December 10, Human Rights Day. Let us know if you are planning any events or creating any resources to mark this year’s event. Fill out the survey by November 20.

Member spotlight: Institute for Global Health at BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre

Over the past several years, global health leads at BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre (BCCWH) have been working hand in hand with the hospital’s community, their affiliated research institutes and partners to reimagine the Centre for International Child Health at BC Children’s Hospital (2004-2023). The result is the Institute for Global Health at BC Children’s Hospital and BC Women’s Hospital (IGH-BCCWH), working across both children’s and women’s health and representing a shared vision, strategy and commitment to global health equity at the hospital campus. Learn more here.

News, Resources and Publications   

Beyond the Vaccine: Addressing Gender Barriers in Immunization Efforts, Dominique Denoncourt, Policy and Advocacy Officer at Results Canada, and Alison Riddle, a Gender Equality and Global Health Consultant, via Write to Thrive

Decriminalizing Abortion: A Journey Towards Access and Equity, Clare Szalay Timbo, Executive Director at The SexEd Justice Project, and Andrea Rodriguez, Policy and Advocacy Officer at Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, via Write to Thrive 

The spectacle of it, Julia Anderson, CanWaCH CEO, via Write to Thrive

World Food Day: Taking Action for Women’s Leadership in Water Governance, Melina Kalamandeen of Amref Health Africa in Canada, Saifullah Chaudhry of Development Impact Solutions, and Julie Truelove of WaterAid Canada

Growing crops and a better quality of life in Peru, Cuso International

Her Future in Sight: A Mother’s Wish for Her Daughter, Seva Canada

Holly & Nira Virgin Radio Vancouver Discuss World Sight Day 2023 (Radio interview), Seva Canada

New Report: 2023 Canadian Aid Trends, Cooperation Canada

Transitioning from the “Three Delays” to a focus on continuity of care: a qualitative analysis of maternal deaths in rural Pakistan and Mozambique, Marianne Vidler, Mai-Lei Woo Kinshella, Esperanca Sevene, Gwyneth Lewis, Peter von Dadelszen, Zulfiqar Bhutta & the CLIP Working Group

Towards a culturally competent humanitarian assistance, Mirette Bahgat, World Vision Canada

Working to improve gender equality in Nigeria, Cuso International

Interested in submitting a blog to Write to Thrive? Visit for details.

Upcoming Events   

November 17, The Power of Our Partners – 2023 Seva Canada Annual General Meeting

November 20, UNICEF Canada Youth Advocacy Summit: The Right to be Heard

November 22, FIT Results – Advancing Gender Equality through Innovation

November 22, 2023 CanWaCH Annual General Meeting

November 23, Africa Shaping Her Future: The Next 50 Years

November 23, Amref 50 Years

November 24, Volunteering Abroad Happy Hour

November 28-29, Rendez-vous annuel Santé Monde 2023

November 30, MinoFest 2023

December 4, Protecting Civilians in Conflicts: Canada’s Global Role

February 8-10, WUSC’s 13th International Forum

Jobs and Opportunities  

Through my eyes: Art for Development, WUSC. Application deadline: November 15

Administrative Coordinator, Canadian Association of Midwives. Application deadline: November 17

Conseiller.ère en analyse de politiques et plaidoyer – Enjeux nationaux, Médecins du Monde. Application deadline: November 19

Marketing & Communications Specialist, Partners in Health Canada. Applications deadline: November 20

Gender Advisor – Volunteer in Nigeria, Cuso International. Application deadline: November 23

Program Development Advisor – Volunteer in Cameroon, Cuso International. Application deadline: November 23

Request for Quotations: Consultant to Undertake Research and Analysis on Critical Issues in Global Health and Gender Equality, CanWaCH. Application deadline: November 27

Grant Proposal Writing, Plan International Canada. Application deadline: November 30

Gender Advisor – Volunteer in Honduras (Spanish), Cuso International. Application deadline: November 30

Public Relations and Communications Advisor – Volunteer in Peru (Spanish), Cuso International. Application deadline: November 30

Project Management Advisor, Monitoring and Evaluation – Volunteer in Benin (French), Cuso International. Application deadline: November 30

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

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