The theme for the 2021 World Social Work Day 2021, March 16th, is
Ubuntu: ´I Am Because We Are´
Strengthening Social Solidarity & Global Connectedness
The word and concept ´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.
IFSW President Silvana Martinez invites social workers and organisational partners to co-brand the poster and send language translations to be displayed on the IFSW website. Dr Martinez said:
I am delighted with the 2020 World Social Work Day theme and poster. The theme comes from extensive consultation within IFSW and beyond. At a time when global politics has retreated into nationalism, Ubuntu is a powerful message on the need for solidarity at all levels: within communities, societies and globally. It is a message that all people are interconnected and that our future is dependent on recognizing all peoples involvement in co-building a sustainable, fair and socially just future. IFSW invites all social workers, partner organizations and people who care about the future to co-brand the poster. Together we can change world for this and future generations.
To download the poster or to make arrangements for translating the poster, please follows this link.
For information about the theme and the Global Agenda 2020 to 2030 please click here. (link to press release of the GA framework)