Thursday, March 17, 2011


Dear Colleagues,

Tuesday the 15th of March 2011 celebrates social workers across Europe and in all other parts of the globe the World Social Work Day 2011. “Social Work voices responding to global crises: Together we develop the Agenda!“ is the common theme for this year’s celebration.

IFSW Europe does specifically focus on The Social Consequences of The Financial Crisis through a project. The European national associations for social workers are within that project informing each other about the social consequences of the financial crisis in each country, based on which IFSW Europe aims at articulating European social workers’ joint demands to the politicians and the public on interventions that is able to reduce these consequences. Do note the European video introducing the World Social Work Day gathered at a recent project workshop

The happy news is that we celebrate with one more person – Anthea Aguis, executive committee member has given birth to a beautiful baby girl Nina. So we send the congratulations of IFSW Europe to Anthea and Giuseppe.

I pledge that the debates and exchanges on the World Social Work Day can be brought forward to the European Conference in Brussels, 10 - 13 April 2011, organized by IFSW Europe and five other organizations within ENSACT. Here 700 European colleagues within the field of social work will meet to discuss “Social Action in Europe: Sustainable Social Development and Economic Challenges”. Do join us in Brussels in April, there is still room for your message, reflections and answers

Globally the Social Work profession helps nations respond to economic and social changes that disproportionately affect vulnerable people and communities. Working in partnership with many other professions, Social Work promotes the social wellbeing of individuals, groups and communities, facilitates social cohesion and crises intervention in periods of change and national disasters, e.g. during the changes in Eastern Europe, the financial crisis in Ireland, the protests and conflicts in the Middle East or the latest disasters in Japan and New Zealand. Social workers are there to support all citizens, to fight for the rights of all human beings and to avoid human exclusion and poverty, knowing that those suffering the most under the current crisis are the poorest people in every country.

Let us together celebrate the many achievements of the social work profession on all continents, and also together make the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development a reality.

HAPPY WORLD SOCIAL WORK DAY from the European IFSW executive committee.

Nicolai Paulsen
President of the IFSW European Region
[International Federation of Social Workers – Europe e.V.]

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