For Immediate Release
March 16, 2012
As part of National Social Work Month festivities, the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) encourages social workers from across Canada to join the international community in celebrating World Social Work Day on March 20.
World Social Work Day is an opportunity for the international community of social workers and their respective national organizations, to promote the social work profession as well as an opportunity to strengthen the resolve of social workers in advancing issues of social justice locally, nationally, and internationally.
“Over this past year the international community has risen up against the growing inequalities being experienced by the majority of people on the planet” states CASW President, Morel Caissie. “There is a worsening of the vulnerability of the most at risk populations worldwide and social workers are conscious of the leadership they must demonstrate in helping individuals and communities develop solutions to meet the rising challenges.”
In 2010 the global social work community came together for a joint world conference to begin the elaboration of a Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development. After two years of consultations and development, the Global Agenda will be officially released on WSWD and will then be presented at the United Nations on March 26, 2012.
“The Global Agenda reflects the values of the social work profession and with its official release the work of translating words into concrete actions and commitments begins” states Caissie. “The global social work community is steadfast in its resolve to lessen the growing inequalities worldwide and the Global Agenda is a positive step in bringing together all of our individual voices into collective action.”
For more information:
Morel Caissie, MSW, RSW