Buen Vivir: Shared Future for Transformative Change
19 March 2024
Every year, World Social Work Day is celebrated across the world on the third Tuesday of March, and events are organized throughout the month of March. The day is an opportunity for social workers and others in the social service sector to celebrate their achievements as well as to raise awareness and support for the important role that social workers play in the lives of children, families and communities facing adversity. The day calls attention to the need for further planning, development and support to the profession and social service sector.
The next World Social Work Day takes place on the 19 March 2024. The theme is ‘Buen Vivir: Shared Future for Transformative Change’, which emphasizes the need for social workers to adopt innovative, community-led approaches that are grounded in indigenous wisdom and harmonious coexistence with nature.
Below find ways to engage and celebrate during World Social Work Day.
Advocate for Greater Support and Funding
Help advocate for greater support of and funding for the social service workforce. Please find advocacy materials to assist in all your advocacy efforts below.
The global poster from the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) with this year's theme is available in different languages. All are welcome to co-brand the poster by adding their logo alongside the IFSW logo. Access the poster.
Get involved on social media using #WSWD2024.
National Association of Social Workers Toolkit
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in the United States has developed a toolkit of materials for Social Work Month, including social media posts, proclamations for sign on, a sample press release and a sample letter to the editor. Their theme for the NASW-sponsored Social Work Month 2023 is Empowering Social Workers. Use the items in their toolkit to celebrate and advocate.
Additional Alliance Advocacy Tools
We encourage you to continue advocating for the social service workforce in the months and years to come. The Alliance has numerous tools and resources to assist in all of your advocacy efforts, including:
- Key Messages for Advocating for the Social Service Workforce
- A Call to Action for Strengthening the Workforce to Better Protect Children and Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals
- Global Advocacy Toolkit for the Social Service Workforce
Take Part in Celebrations and Events
The following celebrations, events and webinars are taking place across the globe in celebration of World Social Work Day/Month. Join in to celebrate, advocate and learn.
[HYBRID CONFERENCE] World Social Work Day at the United Nations Geneva | 20 March 2024, 9:00-16:00 CET, Geneva
World Social Work Day 2024 (WSWD), taking place at the United Nations in Geneva and online, will explore the topic Buen Vivir in Social Work: Co-building a Sustainable and Just Future and discuss how social workers can adopt innovative, community-led approaches based on alternative value systems that emphasize a more harmonious coexistence with nature.
[FORUM] The 15th Eurasia Forum of Social Workers | 20-22 March 2024, Pattaya City, Thailand
This workshop aims to introduce a World Social Work Day concept to practitioners, teachers and students of social work, promote Eurasia Forum of social workers as the instrument of bringing continents together as well as show and share the experience and expertise of social work practice and training among Eurasia area countries.
[VIRTUAL SESSIONS] Social Work Week 2024: Sessions by Social Work England | 18-22 March 2024
Social Work England will be co-producing and delivering 21 free sessions during social work week. Anyone can book free tickets for the virtual sessions curated or supported by Social Work England. In addition to the Social Work England programme, there are over 40 events being hosted independently.
[VIRTUAL EVENTS] British Association of Social Workers World Social Work Month Events | March
The British Association of Social Workers will host a full month of activities and events to promote and celebrate the profession during March as part of World Social Work Month. They will bring together leading voices in social work along with experts by experience through a programme of events and initiatives.