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World Social Work Day 2010

posted Mar 16, 2010, 12:57 AM by Clayton Mercieca   [ updated Mar 17, 2010, 12:03 PM by Maltese Association of Social Workers ]
On the occasion of World Social Work Day 2010 and the Maltese Association of Social Workers will join Social Workers from all over Europe to emphasise the pressing need in combating Poverty. Social Workers are pleased to note that the European Union has chosen 2010 to be the year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion in Europe.

On this occasion the Maltese Association of Social Workers will join the Social Work Students in an open debate to be held on the 22nd March at 11am. Guest speakers include:

· Hon.Edwin Vassallo
· Hon. Micheal Farrugia
· Rev.Dr.Charles Tabone
· Mary Grace Vella
· Anthea Agius
· Anthony Girard

In the conference launching 2010 as the European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion the current and future presidencies clearly outlined their ambition to see a strong social pillar within the EU2020. Child poverty, active inclusion and minimum income are central to discussions, as well as the inclusion of migrants and ethnic minorities.

As Social Workers, we have a duty to contribute to the discussions, the definitions, notions and causes of poverty in Malta, challenging the different views on Poverty to bring the direct experience and voice of those suffering Poverty and Social Exclusion in Malta. People are making changes in their lives to improve their quality of life every day across the world and social workers are there, helping them. World Social Work Day is a celebration of these achievements and an opportunity to highlight what work still has to be done for people’s rights to be respected.
IFSW President, Dr David N Jones, comments that “Wherever there is extreme poverty, lack of basic needs like food, water and shelter, the trafficking and abuse of people across countries or serious family problems in affluent societies, you will find social workers alongside people, helping them to make changes in their lives. The 2010 social work world conference will show how social work will develop its contribution to building people-centred and sustainable social progress and social change. World social work day gives us an opportunity to celebrate this crucial work.”

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