2006/2007 ISSUE 13
In The International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW) and International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW): Ethics of Social work, Statement of Principles, we read:
Social workers have a commitment to promote social justice, in relation to society generally, and in relation to the people with whom they work. This means:
- Challenging negative discrimination
- Recognizing diversity
- Distributing resources equitably
- Challenging unjust policies and practices
- Working in solidarity (2004:4.2)
We are confronted with a gap of inequality between and within countries, and faced with man made horror. Promoting social justice is as relevant as ever. The principle of social justice is easily agreed upon, however, not so easy to track down.
This year the topic surfaced in the course Social Work and Social Policies. It will be centre of attention again in 2007. The least we can do is to keep bringing social justice to our awareness. Hopefully many will join us in keeping it on the agenda and find ways to promote social justice in theory, policies and support systems.
After some rearranging the fall issue of the journal will from now on be based on presentations from the IUC courses:
Social Work Theories and Methodologies
Social Work and Social Policies
Developing Neighbourhood and Community Support Systems.
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