September 2023 Newsletter

Mark your calendars! Join us for the CanWaCH AGM on November 22, 2023

CanWaCH is hosting our Annual General Meeting (AGM) on November 22 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. EST! The AGM will feature engaging speakers, opportunities to network and key CanWaCH strategic and operational updates during the business meeting. Stay tuned for more information!

Out now: Key findings from the CanWaCH member engagement survey

This past April, you were asked to complete a survey about your CanwaCH membership experience. We’re grateful that so many of you took the time to respond and provide thoughtful feedback. After analyzing the responses, we took some time to prepare a summary report you can now read here. We look forward to another productive year of learning, connection and collaboration.   

CanWaCH membership renewal gets underway

The new CanWaCH membership year begins on October 1, 2023! Check your inbox for a renewal invoice that was sent via our membership platform, GlueUp, on August 28. Per our policies, your annual CanWaCH membership renews automatically and your organization’s invoice is payable in advance of our Annual General Meeting in order to validate your voting status.  

If you have any questions, if would like to update the contact information of the individual in your organization responsible for paying this invoice or if you would like to request a financial waiver, please contact us at [email protected] as soon as possible.

Join us to Celebrate Gender Equality Week 2023

September 17 to 23 marks Canada’s annual Gender Equality Week! Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday for Integrating Gender Equality to Humanitarian Action, the first of our three-part webinar series to mark this important week. Our upcoming webinars take place on Wednesdays, September 20 and 27, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT. Please note that you will have to register for each session individually. Simultaneous interpretation will be available.

The Equal Futures Network, a CanWaCH initiative, will be marking the week with an incubator session celebrating the important work being done to drive progress for gender equality in Canada and to keep the momentum going for the future of our collective gender equality work. Register here

Are you planning an event or activity for Gender Equality Week 2023? Let us know! CanWaCH wants to hear what you have planned to mark this year’s Gender Equality Week so that we can use our platform to amplify your event! Share your event here or get in touch with us by contacting [email protected]

Upcoming moments: UN General Assembly and Truth and Reconciliation Week

The 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly will see world leaders gather from September 19-23 and 26 to engage in the annual high-level General Debate under the theme, “Rebuilding trust and reigniting global solidarity: Accelerating action on the 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals towards peace, prosperity, progress and sustainability for all.” 

CanWaCH members and partners will be hosting side events during the week including the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s session Funding Community-Led Development for the SDGs and a high level dialogue on Accelerating SDG Commitments through focused investments and efforts on adolescent well-being. Visit our events calendar to learn more and register! 

September 25-30 marks Truth and Reconciliation Week with September 30 marking the third annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This year, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation is offering a series of free virtual ‘lunch and learns’ throughout the week with sessions on systemic discrimination, debunking stereotypes and taking action towards reconciliation and more. Learn more and register here.

In review: World Water Week

August 20-24 marked World Water Week placing a focus on innovation at a time of unprecedented challenges. To mark the week, we reflect on the specific links that exist between SDG 6, Clean Water and Sanitation, and SDG 5, Gender Equality, and how achieving these two goals together can impact all other SDGs. Read our blog on Write to Thrive

The One Drop Foundation has released their 2022 Impact Report! Learn about their ongoing efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean, India, Africa, and Canada aiming to change the narrative around water access, sanitation, and hygiene for more than 2.7 million people worldwide once their current projects are complete. Click here to access the digital report.

Member spotlight: African Sustainable Development Advisors, Inc.  

Guided by the motto “Who knows Africa better than us?”, CanWaCH member African Sustainable Development Advisors, Inc. (AFRISDA, Inc) is an advisory group of adept development experts intimately familiar with the intricacies of the African landscape. A Canadian-based organization, they take a unique approach designed around localization, bringing together an exceptional network of seasoned senior career professionals from around the globe to offer experienced and regionalized consulting. Learn more about their work on their website

Did you know? Africa Climate Week took place from September 4 to 8, organized in parallel with the inaugural Africa Climate Summit from September 4 to 6. Read reflections from CARE and Global Citizen.  

Data Matters: Receive the latest updates in our Data for Impact Bulletin  

The next edition of our Data for Impact bulletin will be released on September 28. Be sure to subscribe to our Data for Impact mailing list to receive the latest data resources, news updates, highlights and events, including exciting information on a new user portal to add your data to our Project Explorer!  

News, Resources and Publications 

Breaking Barriers: Protecting SRHR in Times of Crisis, CanWaCH

Exploring the ripple effects of clean water and sanitation on gender equality, CanWaCH

Op-ed: International assistance is the smart, Canadian thing to do, Julia Anderson (CanWaCH) and David Coletto (Abacus Data)

Podcast: inFocus: How can foreign aid spending become a political winner?, Julia Anderson (CanWaCH), Robert Greenhill (Global Canada) and David Coletto (Abacus Data)

Co-Creation Front & Center at Women Deliver 2023, By Jenna Hickey on behalf of the Gender Transformative Framework for Nutrition Coalition via Write to Thrive

Coming Together for Equality: A Young Delegate’s Reflections on Women Deliver 2023, Aditi Sivakumar via Write to Thrive

Empowering Newcomer Youth: Overcoming Challenges, Fostering Inclusion, Christina Nguyen, Saron Teferra and Dahlia Hathout via Write to Thrive

Unlocking the Power of Youth: Empowering Change, Christina Nguyen, Saron Teferra and Dahlia Hathout via Write to Thrive

The SRHR Conversation: Reproductive Freedom and Abortion Care, Leisha Toory via Write to Thrive

The SRHR Conversation: BIPOC Contraceptive Pill Access, Leisha Toory via Write to Thrive

Building a stronger nation through wheat flour fortification, Nutrition International

Changing Behaviors in Complex Settings, ZMQ Global

Empowering breastfeeding: Pakistan’s dedication shines through new legislation, Nutrition International

Essential element: Aid’s continuing and critical role in financing water, sanitation and hygiene, WaterAid Canada

Five takeaways from Women Deliver 2023, Orbis Canada

Lexique de la solidarité internationale, AQOCI 

Nutrition International celebrates WHO’s decision that will foster global progress in adolescent and women’s nutrition, Nutrition International

Partnership between governments of Tanzania and Canada aims to boost adolescent health and empowerment in Tanzania, Nutrition International

Pride, confidence, and independence have taken root for this young agribusiness owner, Cuso International 

Strengthening entrepreneurial knowledge for women in Honduras, Cuso International

Voices from the field: A look at multiple micronutrient supplementation implementation research in Swabi, Pakistan, Nutrition International

Upcoming Events  

September 19, High-level luncheon dialogue at the SDG Summit 2023

September 20, Unpaid Care Work as a Cause and Consequence of Gender Inequality

September 27, Technology-Facilitated Gender-Based Violence

September 23-24, Feminist Health Conference 2023: A Year of Reflection, Risk, and Resilience

September 27, Addressing Gender Equality in a Cross-Cutting Way through International Short-Term Technical Assistance

September 28, CAWST’s Annual General Meeting + Biosand Filter’s 30th Birthday Party!

September 28, MIH Canada – Adolescent Health in Bangladesh: A gender perspective

October 4-6, ensemble – Canadian Association of Midwives Conference

October 11-12, Global Forum for Adolescents

October 16-18, 2023 Canadian Conference on Global Health

October 16-20, Micronutrient Forum’s 6th Global Conference: A central platform for evidence and advocacy to improve micronutrient health.

Lucky Iron Fish will be attending the 2023 Micronutrient Forum in The Hague, Netherlands. Let them know if you will be there too and be sure to check out their booth and poster presentations!  

October 17-20, What Works Global Summit 2023

November 28 and 29, Formulaire d’inscription : Rendez-vous annuel Santé Monde 2023

November 30, MinoFest 2023

December 1-10, 2023, 2023 Ignite Change Global Convention commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Submission of activities due October 15.

Jobs and Opportunities 

Social Media Specialist, Partners in Health Canada. Application deadline: September 16

Gender Advisor – Dominica, Cuso International. Application deadline: September 16

[Youth] Multistakeholder Adolescent and Youth Review Group, Lancet. Application deadline: September 17

MEAL Advisor, CARE Canada. Application deadline: September 17

Adjointe administrative / Adjoint administratif, RÉFIPS. Application deadline: September 17

Program Finance Manager, Right To Play International. Application deadline: September 18

Chef.fe de mission Haïti, Médecins du Monde. Application deadline: September 18

Manager, Administration, Canadian Association of Midwives. Application deadline: September 22

Executive Director, Amref Health Africa in Canada. Application deadline: September 22

Program Manager (Candidate Pool), CARE Canada. Application deadline: September 24

Direction développement, innovation et expertise, Santé Monde. Application deadline: September 25

Project Development Advisor – Columbia, Cuso International. Application deadline: September 30

Canadian Youth Delegate to the 77th WHA and 61st PAHO-DC, Government of Canada. Application deadline: September 30

Government Relations Advisor – Ethiopia, Cuso International. Application deadline September 30

Project Support Officer, Cuso International. Application deadline: September 30

Philanthropy and Marketing Director, ADRA. Application deadline: September 30

Analyste financier.ère de projets internationaux, Médecins du Monde. Application deadline: September 30

Direction, Administration et finances, Mission Inclusion. Application deadline, September 30, 2023

Climate Resilience & Food Security Specialist, ADRA. Application deadline: October 6

2024 Global Child Health Catalyst Grant competition, SickKids Centre for Global Child Health (C-GCH). Application deadline: October 27

Global Child Health Fellowship, SickKids Centre for Global Child Health (C-GCH). Application deadline: October 31

Gender Technical Specialist, World Vision Canada. Application deadline October 30

Oxfam-Québec Volunteer Opportunities: 

Gender Advisor – Volunteer in Honduras (Spanish), Cuso International

Public Relations and Communications Advisor – Volunteer in Peru (Spanish), Cuso International

Project Management Advisor, Monitoring and Evaluation – Volunteer in Benin (French), Cuso International

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

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