Celebrations of 2017 World Social Work Day
World Social Work Day 2017 has been celebrated and used as an opportunity to ‘promote community and environmental sustainability’. The poster for the event has been translated by social workers into 43 languages and displayed in communities, workplaces, schools, social services, universities and on banners in street demonstrations, highlighting the contributions of social work and promoting public discussion/action on sustainability. In many countries the theme message was presented to governments and the United Nations.
“The global profession is getting stronger each year and in 2017 we witnessed the largest mass movement of a united social work profession taking action with an essential message on sustainability”, said IFSW Secretary-General Rory Truell. “IFSW thanks and congratulates all social workers who took part in these events”.
Below are videos, photos and links to the some of the activities that took place on World Social Work Day. If you would like to add information to this record, please send your photos/video or links to firstname.lastname@example.org
WSWD Message by IFSW President Ruth Stark
WSWD Message by IFSW Secretary-General Rory Truell
WSWD Message from the IFSW European Regional Executive
WSWD Message by IFSW President Asia-Pacific Region Mariko Kimura
WSWD Message by IFSW President LAC Region Silvana Martinez
and Vice-President LAC RegionLarry Alicea Rodríguez
WSWD activities by country
Vitebsk Clubhouse “Wings of hope” for people recovering from mental health difficulties
As part of World Social Work Day, the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, in charge of Disability and the Fight Against Exclusion, provided an update on the main Implementation of the action plan for social work and announced two new measures for the upgrading of social work.
WSWD celebrated along with the 60th anniversary of the Greek Professional Association of Social Work (SKLE)
World Social Work Day organized be the Grenada Association of Professional Social Workers.
In Israel, WSWD was celebrated as a special event at the Knesset (Israel Parliament): Social workers participated in meeting of several House committees dealing with various welfare-related issues, and then at a general meeting hosted by the Minister of Labour and Welfare and Knesset members. Several prizes for excellence in social work were distributed at this event.
WSWD awards ceremony in the Philippines
WSWD Event from Colegio Profesional de Trabajadores Sociales de Aragon
Further celebrations in Spain:
WSWD – COTS de Almería
WSWD – COTS de Araba
WSWD – COTS Aragón
WSWD – COTS de Asturias
WSWD – COTS Bizkaia
WSWD – COTS Burgos
WSWD – CPTS Cádiz
WSWD – COTS Cantabria y UNED Cantabria
WSWD – COTS de Castellón
WSWD – COTS de Las Palmas
WSWD – COTS de Málaga
WSWD – COTS de Salamanca y Zamora – USAL
WSWD – COTS de Soria
WSWD – COTS Valladolid y Segovia
WSWD – Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Social Work representatives speaking at the United Nations in Geneva
Anglia Ruskin University (Chelmsford, UK) we celebrated with a showing of Ken Loach’s brilliant film I, Daniel Blake and a talk led by Guy Shennan (Chair, British Association of Social Workers) about their Boot Out Austerity campaign see: http://www.boot-out-austerity.
We had a really impassioned discussion among social workers, students and service users about how we could support the BASW campaign.
Social Workers in one chapter celebrated with a cake made from the design of the WSWD poster.
The President of the University of Aden, and Major General Shalal, the commander of the Aden police, Dr. Alawi, the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Dr. Mohamed Haitham, the head of the department, the directors of the directorates, institutions and international and local organizations, and the employees of the profession. Social services, faculty members, students of the department and the college. The ceremony included honorary activities, a charity dish, exhibitions and musical passages. This celebration is an annual tradition in March of each year, which was determined by the International Federation of Social Workers.