The Canadian Association of Midwives invites you to join us for our 2018 Global Health Symposium: Exploring Best Practices in Global Reproductive Health and Rights.

The symposium, co‑hosted by UNFPA South Sudan, will be an opportunity for health professionals, NGO actors, and government stakeholders to have an in‑depth conversation around sexual and reproductive health and rights.

October 17, 2018 • 9:30am to 5pm

Hilton Lac‑Leamy Hotel, Gatineau, QC


Beginning at 7am



Opening Remarks:
Dr. Sebalda Leshabari and Dr. Karline Wilson‑Mitchell


Keynote Address: Striving for a Robust Midwifery Workforce
Dr. Peter Johnson (Jhpiego)


Access to Full-Spectrum Reproductive Health and Rights: Contraception, Abortion and Post-Abortion Care in Service Delivery

Panelists: Sandeep Prasad (Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights); Kirsty Bourret (Laurentian/CAM); David Bruer (Inter-Pares).
Moderator: Katrina Kilroy (CAM)

What does it mean to provide access to a full-spectrum of sexual health services, with a commitment to ensuring sexual rights? And what role does advocacy play in the process? How can national and international NGOs work with constraining government environments? Featuring examples from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Philippines, and Canada, this panel will discuss successes and challenges in service‑delivery and solidarity work in the charged domain of sexual health and rights.



Included in registration. Featuring demonstration of Midwives Emergency Skills Training, and Global Poster Display


From Maternal Health to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: New Indicators for A New Mandate

Panelists: Erica Stillo (Aga Khan Foundation); Marnie Davidson (CARE Canada); Jessica Ferne (CanWaCH).
Moderator: Cathy Ellis (UBC)

Policy‑makers and donors increasingly recognize that sexual health cannot be separated from sexual rights, such as the right to choose when or whether to have children, the right to define one’s own sexual identity, and the right to access healthcare services. As local and international NGOs try to implement projects to meet these realities, they need new ways to measure the impacts of rights-based interventions. This panel will examine some models for best practice in monitoring and evaluating rights-based programming.


Transforming Gender Relations: Mobilizing Communities for Sustained Change

Panelists: Thérèse Omari (Fondation Femme Plus), Nafissatou Faye (PLAN Canada), MATCH International Women’s Fund

Moderator: Kristen Ostling (CanWaCH)

Canada’s Feminist International Assistance Policy argues that it is necessary to achieve the economic, social, and political empowerment of women and girls if we are to overcome global poverty. To achieve a transformation of gendered power dynamics and structures, achieving true equality, it is necessary to engage all members of society – regardless of gender. In practice, how can international NGOs best facilitate this transformation? How can international NGOs best work with local partners to ensure positive sustained change and respect for local contexts? Featuring international and local NGOs, this panel will discuss the complexities of engaging various groups in the critical examining, challenging and questioning of gendered power relations.


Health Break


Global Indigenous Health

Panelists: Jessica Danforth, Cheryllee Bourgeois, Jasmine Chatelaine

Moderator: Nathalie Pambrun (NACM/CAM)

Indigenous communities across the world are working to restore traditional knowledge around birth and healthy families. National governments have often ignored or suppressed traditional Indigenous midwives’ cultural and clinical knowledges and their contributions to the well‑being and positive health outcomes of Indigenous peoples. But this is starting to change. The UN and Canada’s own Truth and Reconciliation Commission have recognized the importance of Indigenous healing traditions and practices. This panel will explore some of the ways Indigenous midwives are making their voices heard, and the changes they are enabling.


The Power of Partnerships

Panelists: Loveluck Mwasha (TAMA and AKU) & midwives from South Sudan.
Presented in partnership with the UNFPA South Sudan.

Midwives from South Sudan and Tanzania will speak about their relationships with the Canadian Association of Midwives and other overseas stakeholders. Reflecting on their personal experiences of partnership across borders, they will offer insights into what gains transnational partnerships can offer to all involved.


Closing Remarks:
Emmanuelle Hébert, Director of Global Programs, CAM

The five panels are co‑presented in partnership with Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, Inter-Pares, Aga Khan Foundation Canada, CARE Canada, the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH), PLAN Canada, the Fondation Femme Plus (DRC), National Aboriginal Council of Midwives (NACM) and UNFPA South Sudan.

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