CanWaCH Welcomes Ahmed Hussen as Minister of International Development

The Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) welcomes the appointment today by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of the Honourable Ahmed Hussen as Minister of International Development.

Minister Hussen brings a rich and deep background in global development and human rights issues, as well as diverse leadership experience in previous ministerial roles as former Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, as Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, and as Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship. We are confident his unique perspective and experience will support the advancement of Canada’s international development objectives.

CanWaCH and its 100 member organizations look forward to working with Minister Hussen in the coming weeks and months in advancing the health and rights of women and children around the world.

Specifically, we are keen to engage with Minister Hussen on: securing predictable and sustainable increases year over year to Canada’s international assistance envelope; supporting the implementation of Canada’s 10-year Commitment to Health and Rights; further harnessing Canada’s track record and leadership on financing nutrition globally; scaling-up investments in the most neglected and stigmatized areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights; strengthening health systems’ resilience, including with support for community health workers; and, reinforcing meaningful adolescent and youth engagement and adopting climate, and water, sanitation and hygiene-sensitive approaches in our humanitarian and emergency response interventions. 

With a collective focus on these measures, Canada will be better positioned to advance health outcomes for the world’s most marginalized children, adolescents and women. 

CanWaCH is grateful to continue our strong working relationship in advancing gender equality with the Honourable Marci Ien who remains as Minister for Women and Gender Equality.

We would like to thank the Honourable Harjit Sajjan for his collaboration, dedication and support for our work in international development and global health over the past two years as he assumes his new role today as President of the Privy Council and Minister of Emergency Preparedness.

Congratulations to all cabinet members appointed or assuming new portfolios today alongside Minister Hussen.