The national associations of social work from Barbados, Gambia and Suriname have successfully applied for full membership with IFSW. To complete this process applicant organizations must demonstrate that they meet international standards in their role of building the profession’s voice and impact within their countries. Full membership entitles member organizations to participate in setting the global standards, policies and advocacy strategies.
IFSW President, Silvana Martinez extended each organization her warmest welcome on behalf of the global executive. She said, ‘We are very happy that you are now full members, and it will be a great honour to work together from now on‘.
Secretary-General, Rory Truell joined Dr Martinez in congratulating the new members and sends his thanks to the other member organizations that unanimously voted in support of these new members. He commented, ‘We are continuing to see a rapid expansion of the social work profession. New national associations of social work have sprung into action promoting nationwide professional standards, building ethical practice frameworks and highlighting the need for social development within their countries and beyond. Many of these new national associations have arisen in parts of the world where there is an absence, or significant lack, of state social protection systems. Their presence represents a turning point in their societies’ humanity. A commitment to overcoming marginalisation, through transforming the social dynamics that fail to recognise everyone’s dignity and people’s potential in making valuable contributions to their societies.’