Get Involved from Home

Would you like to be involved in the International Women’s Health Program but are unable to travel? Do you want to know what you can do from home? There are a number of ways to join the global effort for safe motherhood and newborn health right here in Canada.

Become an IWH Ambassador

Are you passionate about international women's health issues and interested in getting involved here in Canada? The IWHP is looking for interested candidates to become IWH ambassadors by participating in public speaking and mentorship opportunities.

Share your knowledge

While there are many students in Canada who are on their way to becoming obstetricians, gynaecologists, midwives and nurses, few have had the opportunity to learn about issues relating to women's health in developing countries. The IWHP often receives invitations to present the issue of women's sexual and reproductive health and rights to University classes across Canada.

In order to respond to such speaking opportunities, we invite motivated SOGC members who enjoy public speaking to send us notice of their interest, indicating in which province they reside, as well as a description of their experience in international women's health. Please send to cbutt@sogc.com.

Share your passion

Medical students have many questions about what it takes to become an obstetrician, gynaecologist, nurse or midwife, and about how they could make a difference for women's health worldwide. We invite motivated SOGC members to become mentors and share their passion and experience with local medical students, who are just beginning their careers in the field of women's health. To become an IWH mentor, please send a notice of interest to cbutt@sogc.com.

Share your experience

Are you involved in international initiatives to improve women's health? The IWHP invites you to share your experience with others by joining the global network of SOGC members working abroad. Let us know where you have been, where you are going, or what projects you are working on. Send a short description, along with a photo, to cbutt@sogc.com.

Support your travelling Colleagues

The IWHP relies on volunteer nurses, midwives, GP’s and ob/gyns to conduct our programs. In order for our volunteers to travel with us, they need support from their colleagues. Canadian health care providers are busy people, and it can be difficult to break away from one’s practice for a week or two. Supporting your colleagues by covering shifts, being flexible with vacation and scheduling to allow them to participate in IWHP missions makes a difference. We consider supportive colleagues to be key in our efforts and recognize their essential role.

Raise your Voice/Advocate

The voices of medical professionals in Canada carry a lot of weight. Use this privileged position to support the sexual and reproductive rights of women worldwide. From actively supporting politicians and members of society who place women’s health on the global and national agenda, to letter and editorial writing and the use of public speaking opportunities to emphasize the unbalanced burden carried by women in low resource nations in terms of reproductive and sexual health, your voice makes a difference.

Read the IWHP's key messages to assist with your advocacy efforts.

Get Political

Contact the Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Minister of Finance, and your local members of parliament. Ask them to take immediate action to increase Canada's Official Development Assistance (ODA) and to make a stronger commitment to reducing maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity. To find out how to contact Federal Ministers and Members of Parliament visit the Parliamentary website.

Defend Sexual and Reproductive Rights here in Canada

While it may not always be obvious, more developed nations often set the standard. When sexual and reproductive rights and health are valorized and respected here in Canada it makes it easier to fight for them elsewhere. In order to practice what we preach we need to work towards ensuring that all women, here and abroad can have access to the highest attainable standard of health and rights. Pick up a pen, make a phone call, organize with your friends and colleagues and make a difference in the lives of women.

Adopt a Project

Several of our partners have identified needs within their organization or practice, which are not necessarily addressed through the programs that we offer. In an attempt to provide additional support to our partners through the involvement of SOGC members in Canada, we are inviting dedicated individuals or groups to Adopt a Project.

The following list describes some of our partners’ current needs. If you or your group is interested in taking the lead to address one of these needs, please send an email to cbutt@sogc.com, explaining your goals for contributing to one of these projects and outlining what actions you plan to take in order to achieve your goal.

AOGU Home Project

The Association of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Uganda (AOGU) has launched a campaign to raise the necessary funds to purchase its own home, in order to respond to its expanding secretariat needs, programs and activities, and their desire to reach out to the community with more accessible reproductive health services. SOGC members can make individual donations through the Canadian Foundation for Women’s Health, in support of AOGU’s home project, or you can Adopt the AOGU Home Project, by grouping together colleagues, friends, or family to plan fundraising activities, which would result in an even bigger contribution.

To adopt this project, or for ideas on how to plan successful fundraising activities, please contact cbutt@sogc.com

Click here to learn more about the AOGU’s Home Project.

Croix-des-Bouquets Library of Resources

The new maternity clinic in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti is now offering services 7 days a week. During a recent visit to the clinic, staff members indicated a need for more resource materials to be available at the clinic. Both SOGC and SHOG are dedicated to Continued Medical Education and fully support this request.

We invite SOGC members in Canada to donate resource materials which may help the Croix-des-Bouquets staff strengthen their skills and understanding of women’s health issues and/or management of obstetrical complications. Specifically, they had indicated a need for obstetric manuals directed at the work of midwives and obstetric nurses. It is important to keep in mind that any resource materials donated should be in French or Creole, should not be out-dated, and should be pertinent to staff working in the field of maternal health.

In order to guarantee that these criteria are met and in an effort to limit unnecessary shipping costs, please send a description of the resource you would like to donate to cbutt@sogc.com.

"As professionals, our privileged position in society obliges us to advocate for improvement of health services for women and to reflect on how best to collaborate with others to bring about the necessary changes so that women will be valued equally to men and will be about to exercise their sexual and reproductive rights as enshrined in human rights laws. How do you envision your role?"

– Dorothy Shaw,
President of FIGO 2006 - 2009