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World Social Work Day 2021

Ubuntu: I am Because We are – Strengthening Social Solidarity and Global Connectedness

World Social Work Day is on the 16th March 2021.

It is the key day in the year that social workers worldwide stand together to advance our common message globally and is led by the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW).  Visit the IFSW website to access the poster.

The 2021 World Social Day theme is Úbuntu: I am Because We Are. 

Ubuntu´ originates from the indigenous peoples of South Africa and was popularized across the world by Nelson Mandela. Ubuntu: ‘I am because we are’ is a word, concept and philosophy that resonates with the social work perspective of the interconnectedness of all peoples and their environments. It speaks to the need for global solidarity and also highlights indigenous knowledge and wisdom.


World Social Work Day 2021

Each year BASW is proud to support and stand together with social workers across the world to mark World Social Work Day and will be celebrating social work across the UK throughout the month of March.

Ruth Allen, CEO BASW said: 

“As the UK representative organisation to the International Federation of Social Workers, we are proud and committed in our support of world social work day.  It is a unique opportunity to come together as a profession - across borders and languages and cultures - to shine a light on what brings us together as social workers across the world.

"We have so much to share and so much to learn from each other, not least as we come out and rebuild societies and social work through the experiences of Covid.

“This year has seen social workers on the frontline of the pandemic and this has joined us together in global solidarity."