October 2018 Newsletter

day of the girl

With Her: A Skilled GirlForce

October 11th has been marked International Day of the Girl since 2012. The day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face while promoting girls’ empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. Learn more here.

Global Citizen Unplugged: #SheIsEqual

CanWaCH and Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada have teamed up with Global Citizen Canada to present an exciting concert event in Montreal on International Day of the Girl, Oct. 11. The event will kick off the #SheIsEqual Canadian campaign, generate momentum for Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada and raise awareness of Canada’s leadership in women’s and girls’ health around the world through #LeadOnCanada. 

#EveryoneBenefits from Gender Equality!

Canada recently celebrated the first ever Gender Equality Week from September 23-29, 2018. The theme was #EveryoneBenefits. CanWaCH and its members celebrated the week at events and by launching new initiatives. Check out our new Gender Equality features and new resources section on the CanWaCH website.

CanWaCH kicked off Canada’s inaugural Gender Equality Week with a celebration at the United Nations General Assembly in New York. This event brought together Canadian and International friends to celebrate Canadian leadership in gender equality.

CanWaCH also launched our NEW blog series on gender equality! This blog will tackle a range of pressing issues related to gender equality. It will examine urgent challenges, profile success stories and provide timely insight on key issues in global health through a gender equality lens. Click here to read the most recent story and here to subscribe for more!

Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada Celebrates Gender Equality Week!

Women Deliver 2019 Mobilization Canada co-hosted an event with the Canadian Council for International Cooperation, Women Deliver and the Future Planning initiative on the importance of putting sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) at the centre of the gender equality agenda. During the SRHR event, the Mobilization unveiled their new graphic video.

For Gender Equality Week, the Mobilization hosted a cross-sectoral event with Status of Women Canada and special guests Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and Parliamentary Secretary Terry Duguid. You can watch the full event on the Mobilization’s Facebook page.

Global Solidarity During Canada’s Gender Equality Week

Celebrating Canada’s Gender Equality Week, PIH Canada’s Senior Manager of Programs and Development, Emily Antze, reflects on her last trip to Haiti where she met with social workers, medical staff and community leaders who are working to address sexual and gender-based violence with support from PIH Canada. Read more…

Members and Associates: It’s Renewal Time!

Have you renewed your membership yet? Remember, membership fees are due November 1, 2018, and must be paid in full in order to vote at the CanWaCH AGM on November 20, 2018. To renew your organization’s membership or your associate membership, please click here. For more information, please contact Leigha McCarroll.


Watch your inboxes – important information for voting members coming shortly!

This year, CanWaCH is partnering with the Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) to host our Annual General Meeting (AGM) and facilitating several interactive conference sessions on November 20, 2018, at the Toronto Hilton as part of the Canadian Conference on Global Health (CCGH). We want to see you there! Admission to the AGM business meeting session, which takes place from 3:30 to 5:00 pm on Nov. 20th, is free for all CanWaCH members. This year, we’re excited to offer our members a variety of options in-person and virtually to participate and vote. You and your organization can

  • Have your voting representative vote online – securely – in advance.

  • Participate virtually! Attend our AGM from any time zone and anywhere around the world via ZOOM. Details on how to connect will follow.

  • Attend and vote in person – we always love to see our members and to chat with you about your work.

At the end of October, watch your inbox for important details on how to vote online and participate virtually at the CanWaCH AGM. As part of our partnership with CCGH, CanWaCH is also offering a day of interactive, engaging and proactive sessions on November 20 at the conference. Join us as we celebrate our successes and address common challenges. Register for CCGH here.

Call for Video Shorts: CanWaCH Members

CanWaCH is issuing a call across the membership for video shorts that we will showcase at key upcoming events. We are seeking short videos (up to 10 minutes in length) that highlight our members’ programs and projects in women and children’s health and were produced within the past year (approximately) or that are currently in production. Be a part of upcoming CanWaCH events and activities over the coming months that will promote our members’ great work. Your organization will be given full recognition if your video short is selected for an event. Submit yours today or reach out with any questions by emailing us.

October Metrics Bulletin: Health Promotion

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The monthly theme for the October edition of the CanWaCH Metrics Bulletin is Health Promotion. The spotlight member is Le Réseau Francophone International pour la Promotion de la Santé (RÉFIPS). The RÉFIPS brings together a network of French-speaking actors in health promotion. It promotes mutual assistance between actors as well as the exchange and dissemination of health promotion knowledge and practices.

NEW! Click here to listen in French to Ginette Lafontaine, Coordinator for RÉFIPS-Section des Amériques, speaking about the means they use to promote exchanges and best practices in health promotion among their francophone members all around the world, the work they do in Haiti as well as the big challenges linked with measuring results and indicators in health promotion.  

Four Things We Heard About Contraception

Contraception is something that many Canadians take for granted. Whether you’re running to the walk-in clinic to get a prescription for birth control pills or picking up a box of condoms at your local drugstore, it can be very easy for many of us to access multiple forms of birth control. But for many in the global south, access is not only difficult – it is a matter of life and death. Read Born On Time’s blog here to learn what women around the world think about contraception.

Global Health Symposium: Exploring Best Practices in Reproductive Health and Rights

On Wednesday, October 17, the Canadian Association of Midwives is co-hosting its Global Symposium with UNFPA South Sudan at the Hilton Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec. This bilingual event will cover topics including transnational advocacy for sexual health and rights, gender-transformative projects, and the challenges of monitoring and evaluating projects that engage with the most intimate domains of people’s lives. In addition, a panel co-hosted with our sister organization, the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives, will highlight Indigenous midwifery’s contributions to reproductive justice work around the world. More details are here. Or click to register.

HealthBridge Steps for Change

Are you tracking your steps? Steps for Change is a challenge to take 10,000 steps a day for one month in October to help raise funds to improve the lives of vulnerable mothers and children in Nepal and Vietnam. Register here!

Get your daily dose of Lead On Canada content!

If you’re looking for a “daily dose” of information from Canadian organizations working to build a healthier, more sustainable world, check out our “Lead on Canada” community hub. This is the space to watch as the Lead On Canada campaign continues to build momentum and begins amassing a sizeable following of both individuals and member organizations.

What’s on the horizon? 

Next month we’ll release our 5th content download, in which we’ll take a pause to reflect on Canada’s global health leadership by highlighting some of the gaps that remain in our work, and what can be done to address them. And watch your inboxes for outreach from our new Public Engagement Officer, Emily, who will be contacting member organizations to “workshop” some new ideas for engaging with the campaign.

As always, if you have content or an idea of how to highlight Canadian leadership in global health, email our Public Engagement Officer, Emily Kocsis.


Report to Parliament on the Government of Canada’s Official Development Assistance 2017-2018, Global Affairs Canada

“Women do whatever they can to take care of their families and communities.” Canadian Red Cross

Gender Equality Week & the Feminist International Assistance Policy, BCCIC

Access to legal abortion services needed, to prevent 47,000 women dying each year – UN rights experts, UN News

Transforming Gender and Food Security in the Global South, International Development Research Centre

Mobile Nutrition Knowledge Promotes Girls Empowerment, Agency and Well-Being, Nutrition International

By placing women at the center of our efforts, we can transform health and development in countries, Global Financing Facility (GFF)

A Time to Lead: A Roadmap for Progress on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Worldwide, Guttmacher Institute 


October 11th: International Day of the Girl Child
October 12th: Shanti Uganda’s 10 Year Impact Gala, New Westminster, BC
October 15th: International Day of Rural Women
October 16th: World Food Day
October 17th: CAM Symposium on Global Health, Gatineau, QC
October 17th: 2018 Canadian Association of Midwives Conference, Gatineau, QC
October 18th: Integrative Health Institute Conference: Contemporary Insights for Optimizing Health, Edmonton
October 19-30th: Daring to Deliver – Midwives on the Front Lines in Canada and Tanzania, Various Locations
October 22nd: United Nations World Data Forum 2018, Dubai
November 6th: Global Financing Facility Replenishment Event, Oslo, Norway
November 6th: Global Health Night, Montreal
November 8th: Women Leaders in Global Health Conference 2018, London UK
November 10th: American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and EXPO 2018, San Diego USA
November 12th: World Pneumonia Day
November 12th: Fifth International Conference on Family Planning, Rwanda
November 14th: World Diabetes Day
November 18: 5th Annual Global Health Students and Young Professional Summit, Toronto
November 19-21st: Canadian Conference on Global Health, Toronto
November 19th: World Toilet Day
November 20thCanWaCH Annual General Meeting, Toronto 
November 20th: Universal Children’s Day
December 2nd: Global Citizen Festival Mandela 100, Johannesburg, South Africa
December 4th: Canadian Immunization Conference, Ottawa
December 12th: PMNCH Partners’ Forum 2018, New Delhi, India
April 7th: 23rd IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, New Zealand
June 3rd: Women Deliver 2019, Vancouver  


CanWaCH, Campaign Officer, Canada
CanWaCH, Request for Proposal: Annual Financial Audit, Canada
Canadian Red Cross, Senior Manager, Major Giving, Vancouver
effect:hope, Fundraiser/Development Officer, Markham, ON 
UNICEF Canada, Communications Manager, Toronto
Born On Time, Global Consortium Research Lead, Global
Care Canada, Online Fundraising Officer, Ottawa
CanWaCH, Senior Finance Officer, Canada
Cuso International, Gender Specialist, Philippines
Cuso International, Campaign and Communications Advisor, Ethiopia
Cuso International, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Advisor, Zambia
Cuso International, Social & Behaviour Change Advisor (Portuguese required), Mozambique
Cuso International, Food Security Advisor, Ethiopia
Cuso International, Midwife Advisor – Clinical Practice, Ethiopia
Cuso International, Gender Advisor and Sexual and Reproductive Health, Democratic Republic of the Congo
SickKids Centre for Global Child Health, GIS Biostatistical Analyst, Toronto


October 10, 2018