Canada Cares: IDW 2019 Celebration in Ottawa

International Development Week celebrates Canadians who care about Canadian aid at Canada’s National Arts Centre on Tuesday, February 5, 2019

For immediate release – Thursday, January 24, 2019

Canadians are invited to the National Capital Region to celebrate the International Development Week (IDW 2019) flagship event, Canada Cares: IDW 2019 Celebration in Ottawa, at Canada’s National Arts Centre (NAC) on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.

This free, public event brings together Canada’s international development community during Winterlude for a full day of interactive activities, workshops, and performances from 12pm to 5pm, followed by a reception from 5pm to 7pm with the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development.

Take a stroll through the NAC’s Canada Room and foyer where visitors will cross paths with a giant globe, a rickshaw ambulance, and a virtual reality exhibit that simulates the experience of being a humanitarian worker in the field. Get acquainted with the people on the front lines of international development work through a series of photo exhibits, film shorts, live performances, and workshops to discover how your actions can make a world of difference.

This year’s theme, Together for Gender Equality, recognizes the importance of the Feminist International Assistance Policy in championing gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women around the world, while also looking forward to Women Deliver in Vancouver, from June 3-6, 2019.

For more information about International Development Week and Canada Cares: IDW 2019 Celebration in Ottawa, please contact: 

Jessica Ruano, Communications Officer for CCIC
Email: jruano[at]  | Phone: 613 241 7007 ext. 343

Charmaine Crockett, Director of Stakeholder Engagement for CanWaCH
Email: | Phone: 613 863 9489

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High-resolution photos and interviews available upon request. 

A few words from the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH), co-organizers of Canada Cares: IDW2019 Celebration in Ottawa:
“Across Canada, people are asking ‘What more can we do to help create a stronger world?’ Our research indicates that two thirds of Canadians support international assistance, and six out of ten Canadians are proud of the leadership role that Canada plays in the world.”
“With growing concerns over migration, climate change, and human rights crises, Canadians are looking for opportunities to become more engaged internationally as well as at home. International Development Week provides that space for all of us to celebrate the positive difference Canada is making in the world, and explore how much more we can accomplish together.”
– Nicolas Moyer, President-CEO of CCIC
“When we all work together to achieve gender equality around the world, amazing things can happen. Canada is a global leader when it comes to advancing the health and rights of women and girls, which is the best way to tackle extreme global poverty. International Development Week is an important reminder that we need to continue investing in women-led international projects and programs that are making a difference.”
– Julia Anderson, Acting Executive Director of CanWaCH