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World Social Work Day Events

World Social Work Day 2017 (WSWD) is on March 21. Individuals and organizations around the world are encouraged to commemorate the day by working together to influence international, regional and local policies, government actions and to highlight the value and contributions that social workers make everyday throughout the world.IFSW poster

This year's theme ‘Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability’ relates to the third pillar of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development.

Promotional Materials

  • The Global Social Service Workforce Alliance is creating an advocacy toolkit to include a number of materials to assist members in advocacy for greater recognition and funding for the workforce nationally and regionally. The toolkit will include infographics that will be made available in March, in advance of World Social Work Day.
  • Download the 2017 poster from IFSW to help promote the day. The poster has been translated into several languages.
  • Social Workers Stand UpThe National Association of Social Workers in the U.S. has created a number of resources and tools to promote how "Social Workers Stand Up" by providing valuable services in the community to vulnerable groups. The tools include an infographic, editorials and a series of public service announcements that are free to download and use. A radio media tour is planned across several radio stations in large U.S. cities with the CEO of NASW. Other activities are being planned as part of a month-long campaign.
  • The European Association of Schools of Social Work (EASSW) has created a promotional poster and is encouraging those in Europe to share short videos related to WSWD.
  • The Council on Social Work Education, U.S., is planning to release a white paper on environmental justice in advance of World Social Work Day.


  1. The concept note and full program for the event in Geneva, to be held March 21-22, is now available online, and registration is now open. The event will feature speakers and panel presentations on "Cooperation between Social Work Organizations and UN Agencies to Promote the SDGs" and "Social Work and Implementation of the SDGs: Challenges and Opportunities." Registration closes on March 13. For those who cannot attend, portions will be live webcast on the UN's web channel.
  2. IFSW and IASSW are again collaborating on Social Work Day at the United Nations in New York. The 34th annual event will take place the morning of April 17, followed by an event for social work students in the afternoon. Online registration will be available beginning on March 21 at 1 p.m. ET. Space is very limited.
  • In Zambia, social workers will be visiting prisons across the country as well as holding an event for government and media in Lusaka.
  • National public radio announcements and talk shows are being planned in Cambodia. The promotion is part of a year-long campaign to increase the awareness of social work and to encourage some specific target groups to appreciate and value social workers. A gathering will be held on March 18 where video interviews of social workers are planned in order to create videos encouraging high schoolers to study social work.
  • In South Africa, planning is underway for an event on March 24. An estimated 1,800 social workers from nine provinces will gather to celebrate the importance of social workers in the community. The event will include a number of social activities, followed by social workers taking an oath to recommit themselves to serving the country with pride and humility.
  • The National Social Worker Association of Uganda coordinates an annual march through the streets of Kampala.Social Work competition in Indonesia
  • Events being planned in Indonesia include an essay, photo and video contest and olympics event to engage social work students. A number of promotional materials are being developed, and they invite anyone to submit images via Instagram @PekanPeksos. They are also inviting other groups around the world to participate in webinars to share promising practices and the state of social work in other countries.
  • The Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children will hold a press conference and two-day symposium with the Department of Social Work at Bindura University of Science Education. Following the events, attendees will plant trees and conduct a community clean up in support of environmental sustainability.
  • In Ireland, medical social workers at Our Lady's Children's Hospital Crumlin will mark the day with a public display of academic and therapeutic works undertaken by the department to raise awareness of the profession.

Will your organization be holding an event in March 2017? Let us know so we can help promote the event as well as share materials being created with the network. Email us. We will share event information as we learn of activities scheduled around the world.