I resigned from EASSW (and subsequently IASSW) after 6 interesting, productive & eventful years. Thank you to all colleagues, friends and allies I met and worked with during this period. Collectively, we worked hard in order to reclaim the political dimension of international social work and more specifically, among other things, to
- Create genuine partnerships with service users’ organisations, such as the brilliant Power Us
- Campaign in defence of universal and inclusive welfare systems
- Work towards a Global Social Work definition that retains the concepts of Social Justice and Human Rights as its main pillars (despite pressures to do otherwise)
- Work together with activist organisations (like SWAN) and co-organise events in solidarity with refugees across Europe.
- Support social work programmes threatened by violent austerity
- Challenge anti-intellectualism in social work education and oppose the creation of “fast-track” programmes
- Include Palestinian Schools of Social Work in the association and help empower their voice.
- Bring attention to the complexities of social services and humanitarian work in the context of armed and political conflict.
- Co- organise the largest social work conferences in Europe
- Work with university libraries and international organisations in order to ensure that international social work historical archives (our collective memory) are protected and enriched
- Promote the idea of a global committee defending social workers/ human rights defenders facing persecution and abuse
It has been a great journey and I am sure our paths will cross again soon. La Lucha Continua!