Policies

Women

1 Rationale
1.1 Attending to the well-being of women and girls is essential to social and economic development worldwide, as reflected in the inclusion of promoting gender equality and the empowerment
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Refugees

Policy Issue
The physical needs of refugees, for food, clothing, health care and shelter, have to be met. However, policies also need to focus on the psychosocial needs and related social
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Poverty eradication and the role for social workers

1 Background
1.1 The Copenhagen Declaration describes absolute poverty as ‘a condition characterized by severe deprivation of basic human needs, including food, safe drinking water, sanitation facilities, health, shelter, education and
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People with disabilities

Rationale
It is estimated that there are more than 600 million people with disability in the world (WHO). This represents between 18 and 20% of the world’s population. When the impact
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Indigenous peoples

Background
Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights
According to the United Nations (UN), there are at least 5,000 indigenous groups composed of 300 million people living in more than 70 countries on five
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Human rights

History of human rights
The history of human rights is that of the struggle against exploitation of one person by another. It is based on the recognition of basic rights founded
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HIV and AIDS

Introduction
HIV/AIDS is a global pandemic that affects individuals, families, and entire communities around the world and has profound social and economic implications. In 2004, the pandemic killed an estimated 3
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Health

Summary
IFSW asserts that health is an issue of fundamental human rights and social justice and binds social work to apply these principles in policy, education, research and practice. All people
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Ageing and older adults

Introduction
Older adults comprise a growing proportion of the global population. This population shift has far-reaching socioeconomic and political implications for people of all ages. Older adults make valuable contributions to
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Genocide

Genocide has mired the history of humanity for centuries. In the 20th century alone, arguably, there have been multiple acts of genocide.
The profession of social work, with its continued commitment
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