World Social Work Day for the first time was launched by The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) in 1983. Later other social work organizations such as the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) also have joined to this initiative. By the time World Social Work Day has become a highpoint in the social work calendar.
Already 34 years World Social Work Day is being celebrated on every 3rd Tuesday in March. On this date social work organizations throughout the world take actions and implement activities to message their governments, communities, and peer professional groups on the unique and significant role of the social work profession in the lives of individuals, families and communities. The actions highlight social work’s approach to facilitating sustainable community outcomes by applying a developmental and capacity building approach coupled with advocating for social justice and human rights.
The themes of WSWD are set for two years according to the goals of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development:
Every year IFSW produces a poster announcing World Social Work Day. Besides poster, as always World Social Work Day activities are being implemented under some themes. These themes are parts of Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Developmnet. This year the theme is “Promoting community and environmental sustainability”.
World Social Work Day events have become so successful in recent years that it is now generally considered as highlight of international solidarity and cooperation of social workers.