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Canadian Nurses Association and International Council of Nurses co-host event on power, nursing, advocacy

Vancouver, June 3, 2019 – International experts and key stakeholders gathered Saturday, June 1, to Sunday, June 2, at a colloquium to identify solutions that would help nurses mobilize and deliver the best results for patients and the health system. The Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and the International Council of Nurses (ICN) hosted this event at Simon Fraser University, in Vancouver, B.C.

With the Women Deliver conference, the world’s largest conference on gender and equality, being held June 3-6 in Vancouver, CNA and ICN wanted to take the opportunity to hold an international colloquium to focus on the links between power, nursing and advocacy. The nursing profession is predominately women and, as such, nurses experience gender inequality at individual, organizational and structural levels.

“CNA is grateful to have had the opportunity to co-host this event with ICN. It is very important to have these conversations and identify strategies within and outside the nursing profession that help address power imbalances. I believe all nurses are leaders and we need to help empower nurses to be leaders in their communities,” said CNA president Claire Betker.

The event kicked off Saturday evening. “Gender inequality is a scourge that blights the lives of women and girls and diminishes the potential of everyone — women and men — to live the best, most productive, happiest and healthiest lives they can. We know that if we empower nurses, we will address gender inequality more generally,” said ICN president Annette Kennedy in her welcoming remarks.

On Sunday, participants heard from and had the chance to engage with numerous inspiring leaders on the impacts and challenges of nursing. ICN chief executive officer Howard Catton told the audience about the pivotal work that ICN does with the World Health Organization.

“Because of ICN’s special status with WHO, we can contribute to the debates and influence decisions at the World Health Assembly. Our delegation to the assembly last week ensured the voice of nursing was heard, and the role of nursing was reflected, strengthened and supported at the most important health policy decision-making body in the world. Coming just days after confirmation that 2020 will be the ‘year of the nurse and midwife,’ this policy event is the first in a series of important events and discussions ICN will be having over the coming weeks to ensure that 2020 delivers a step change in the recognition of and investment in nurses around the world,” Catton said.

The colloquium was a great success. The conversations will lead to strategies to help CNA and ICN mobilize nurses and nursing to improve the health, well-being and rights of girls and women.

About the Canadian Nurses Association
The Canadian Nurses Association is the national and global professional voice of Canadian nursing, representing 140,000 nurses in all 13 jurisdictions across Canada. CNA advances the practice and profession of nursing to improve health outcomes and strengthen Canada’s publicly funded, not-for-profit health system.

About the International Council of Nurses
The International Council of Nurses is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations representing millions of nurses worldwide. Operated by nurses and leading nursing internationally, ICN works to ensure quality care for all and sound health policies globally.

For more information, please contact:

Eve Johnston
Media and Communications Coordinator
Canadian Nurses Association
Tel: 613-237-2159, ext. 114
Cell: 613-237-3520
Email: ejohnston@cna-aiic.ca

Gyorgy Madarasz
Press Officer
International Council of Nurses
Email: madarasz@icn.ch
Tel: +41 22 908 01 16