World Social Work Day - Advocacy Tools to Raise the Profile of Social Workers Locally and Globally

Date of webinar: 
16 Mar 2017
Start and finish time of webinar: 
1pm London time, 2pm CET
Ellen Minotti, Director, Social Services of Cambodia
Yanti Kusumawardhani, Education and Protection Specialist, Save the Children, Indonesia
Uga Pratama Gunawan, Professional Association of Social Work, Indonesia
Greg Wright, Public Relations Manager, National Association of Social Workers (NASW), United States
Nicole Brown, Communications Manager, Global Social Service Workforce Alliance
Global Social Service Workforce Alliance

About the webinar:

Annually, World Social Work Day is celebrated on March 21 and throughout the month of March to highlight the value and contributions that social workers make every day throughout the world. The day is an opportunity for individuals and organizations to influence international, regional and local policies and government actions. Yet, many individuals struggle with how best to gain the attention needed to strengthen the social work profession. This year's theme ‘Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability’ relates to the third pillar of the Global Agenda for Social Work and Social Development.

In advance of World Social Work Day, the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance will organize a webinar that will share advocacy tools and promotional resources being developed to champion the important role of social workers in three countries: Cambodia, Indonesia and the United States. During the webinar, presenters will share campaigns they are undertaking as part of World Social Work Day. They will share tools, infographics and key messages that social workers globally can be use or customize for use in other countries. The webinar will provide guidance and inspiration for local advocacy during World Social Work Day and throughout the year that will help to raise the profile of social workers nationally, regionally and internationally. 

Use this link to access the webinar from your computer, tablet or phone any time after 8:45am ET (1.45pm CET) on March 16:

The webinar will be recorded and available on the Alliance's website and YouTube channel after March 16.

About the speakers:

Ms. Ellen Minotti has worked with Social Services of Cambodia since 1992. Social Services of Cambodia is a local NGO providing training in social work and counseling and social services to vulnerable people. Its philosophy is to empower and offer support, opportunity and choice to the people it serves. Born and raised in the United States, she obtained her Master’s of Social Work from the University of Washington (US).

Ms. Yanti Kusumawardhani is the Education and Protection Specialist for the IDEAL Program at Save the Children Indonesia, where she provides technical leadership on child protection and inclusive education. Yanti is a member of the Indonesian Association of Professional Social Workers and Indonesian Association of Professional Child and Family Social Workers. She previously taught social work courses at Bandung College of Social Welfare. She received a Ford Foundation International Fellowship to pursue her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, where she also obtained a Certificate in Child Welfare.

Mr. Uga Pratama Gunawan is currently completing a master’s degree at the Bandung College of Social Welfare in child protection and child welfare. He is an active member of the Indonesian Association of Professional Social Workers and is Committee Chair for World Social Work Day activities. His past work and volunteer positions have been in the areas of community development and medical social work.

Mr. Greg Wright oversees NASW’s media outreach, social media, entertainment industry relations and communications strategy planning, as public relations manager for the National Association of Social Workers, the largest professional organization of social workers in the United States with 120,000 members. He also manages NASW’s Social Work Film Festivals. Greg has enjoyed a long career in communications and journalism, including previous roles in reporting for national newspapers. 


Ms. Nicole Brown provides leadership for the development and implementation of the Alliance’s communications strategy and tactics, including managing the website, social media and event promotion. She has held previous roles in international communications and magazine writing/editing with professional associations. Nicole obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Journalism and is currently an advisor for the Global Health Corps Fellows program.

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