Ombuds Day | 8 October 2020

Celebrate with IOA in 2020

What Is Ombuds Day?

Every second Thursday of October 2020 people around the world take time celebrate Ombuds. IOA wants to invite you to take part in the celebration. 

Ombuds Day serves as an additional opportunity to educate and raise awareness among the public about the history and practices of the ombuds profession including the various ombuds models, the roles they play, the services they offer and the value provided.

The primary goal of Ombuds Day is to improve public awareness of ombuds. 

Our actions are intended to

  • Educate the public about the role of ombuds
  • Explain the wide variety of services that ombuds provide
  • Encourage greater use of ombuds programs and services
  • Highlight the value ombuds bring to the institutions and constituents they serve.

Want to Participate in #OmbudsDay2020

We encourage all ombuds and those interested in the ombuds profession to participate and take this day to help spread the words about how ombuds can benefit people and organizations.

There are many ways to help celebrate this awesome holiday. You can create a local celebration, join an online celebration, and/or engages with folks on social media. Learn more about Ombuds Day on this page on the ABOM Ombuds Day Website

Consider Registering for One of these Virtual Events:


Explore the 2020 Ombuds Day Toolkit

Interested in hosting your own Ombuds Day event or activity?  Perhaps obtain a state or local Ombuds Day proclamation?  Find materials, templates, inspiration, and more in the 
Ombuds Day Toolkit.

  Ombuds Day Toolkit  


Send an Ombuds Day Recording to IOA

Ombuds Day is fast approaching and IOA wants to share your message! We will be creating a video that we will post on IOA’s YouTube channel to highlight the work of ombuds around the world, and we need your help. We want to make this a representative and truly international effort, with comments from ombuds in all sectors and from programs throughout the world.

Using your smartphone, please record a message of 20-60 seconds long and send to [email protected] by September 25th.


In Your Recording Tell Us

  1. Your name and organization
  2. Where you are in the world
  3. Why is ombuds work more important than ever?
  4. Share a message of hope for those currently experiencing hardship and/or conflict

This will give IOA time to review your message – along with those from other IOA colleagues – to create a video that will be shared on the IOA website, through social media, and on the IOA YouTube channel. Also, our plan is to make the video available to IOA members for posting on your program's website if you would like to do so. We strongly encourage everyone to participate!

Thank you in advance, and please feel free to contact [email protected] with any questions. 

Questions About How to Take Part in 2020 Celebrations?

Contact your 2020 Ombuds Day Task Force Liaison.  Liaisons also want to hear about your events and proclamations! 

Follow the Celebration on Social Media

  Twitter: Follow @IntlOmbudsAssoc  


  Check out #OmbudsDay  


  LinkedIn: Follow IOA

Past Ombuds Day Celebrations & Milestones

Proclamations (2020)


Proclamations (2018-2019)


Celebrations (2018-2019)