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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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Status of Women

Status of Women

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(p.249) 38 Status of Women
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Handbook of International Social Work
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Susan Mapp

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333619.003.0038

This chapter discusses the status of women in education, law, health, and employment. The research findings of multiple international organizations support the fact that the empowerment of women is essential for global social and economic development. According to the International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW), since social workers are committed to human rights, they must commit themselves to helping women and girls because they have not achieved social justice in any society. Due to their ethical grounding in empowerment, social workers are an ideal group to help empower disenfranchised groups.

Keywords:   gender inequality, social work practice, women's status, social justice, empowerment, social workers

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