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Handbook of International Social WorkHuman Rights, Development, and the Global Profession$
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Lynne M. Healy and Rosemary J. Link

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333619

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.001.0001

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Claiming Women’s Places in the World: Social Workers’ Roles in Eradicating Gender Inequalities Globally

Claiming Women’s Places in the World: Social Workers’ Roles in Eradicating Gender Inequalities Globally

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(p.63) 9 Claiming Women’s Places in the World: Social Workers’ Roles in Eradicating Gender Inequalities Globally
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Handbook of International Social Work
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Lena Dominelli

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.003.0009

This chapter explores how women, including social work educators and practitioners, have used civil society organizations, international institutions, and networking skills to promote gender equality; change economic, political, and social realities locally, nationally, and internationally; embed gains in everyday routines; and develop relevant social work curricula. Social workers have advocated for gender equality and participated in struggles for social change as individuals active in the women's movement; as development workers tackling structural inequalities; as therapists addressing individual women's woes; and as participants in the UN, its related agencies, and international organizations such as the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW), International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), and International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW). Some gender-blind interventions have had positive impacts on women's personal well-being. Others are overtly feminist and seek structural changes in the social distribution of power and resources.

Keywords:   social work practice, social workers, social word educators, gender equality, social change, women's movement

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