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 global@ifsw.org

WSWD Message by IFSW President Ruth Stark

WSWD Message by IFSW Secretary-General Rory Truell

Link to written WSWD message published in the Guardian

 

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

ACTIVIDADES DE LA REGIÓN ALC POR EL DÍA MUNDIAL DE TRABAJO SOCIAL 2017

WSWD activities by country

Angola

Argentina

Australia

WSWD event in Wagga Wagga

 

Austria

Link to WSWD Video

Azerbaijan

Press release by the Azerbaijan Social Work Public Union

Bangladesh

More photos on Facebook

Belarus

Vitebsk Clubhouse “Wings of hope” for people recovering from mental health difficulties

Brazil

WSWD events organised by CFESS

Cabo Verde

China

Link to WSWD activities in China

Costa Rica

El Salvador

France

Press release. 

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.

Greece

WSWD celebrated along with the 60th anniversary of the Greek Professional Association of Social Work (SKLE)

See video

Grenada

World Social Work Day organized be the Grenada Association of Professional Social Workers.

Hungary

 

India

WSWD at Gulbarga University on Facebook

Link to WSWD report from India Network of Professional Social Workers’ Associations (INPSWA)

Link to WSWD report from National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) in Bangalore

Ireland

WSWD Celebration in Ireland

Link to WSWD event in Cork

Link to WSWD event in Dublin

Israel 

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.

Italy

Japan

Kosovo

WSWD Events at the University Of Prishtina

Lithuania

Malaysia

Link to WSWD report from Malaysia

Morocco

WSWD Celebrations in Morocco
Link to WSWD report from Morocco

Nepal

More photos and information on Facebook

Nigeria

Events organised be the Nigerian Association of Social Workers

Video from Facebook

 

Pakistan

 

Palestine

Link to report on WSWD in Palestine

 

Perú

Link to WSWD video

Philippines 

WSWD awards ceremony in the Philippines

 

Poland

Link to a WSWD event

Portugal

WSWD event at Coimbra Portugal on Facebook

Romania

Link to report on WSWD events in Romania

Scotland

Link to a video on a community garden, submitted to celebrate WSWD

Spain

WSWD celebrations of the Spanish General Council of Social Work (GCSW) and professional organizations of social workers

WSWD Event recorded on Facebook

WSWD Event from Colegio Profesional de Trabajadores Sociales de Aragon

In Extremadura

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

Switzerland

Social Work representatives speaking at the United Nations in Geneva

Thailand

Turkey

Link to students WSWD Video

United Kingdom

WSWD events organised by BASW

Anglia University
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.co.uk/.
We had a really impassioned discussion among social workers, students and service users about how we could support the BASW campaign.

USA

Social Workers in one chapter celebrated with a cake made from the design of the WSWD poster.

Yemen 

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.

More photos on Facebook