Tag Archives: women

Overturning Roe v. Wade will disproportionately affect people of color; Here is what social workers should know

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By Mel Wilson, LCSW, MBA The leaked report of a draft Supreme Court ruling to completely overturn the seminal abortion rights opinion Roe v. Wade sent shockwaves throughout the country. While most reproductive health and other social justice advocates expected the conservative-leaning court would “gut” Roe v. Wade, they did not anticipate the absolute evisceration of the law. In that Roe ... Read More »

A Worrying Rise in Women’s Drinking: How Social Workers Can Help

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By Diana Ling, MA, Program Manager and Leslie Sirrianni, LCSW, Senior Research Project and Training Coordinator; Health Behavior Research and Training Institute, Steve Hicks School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin A troubling trend has taken hold over the past two decades: drinking patterns among men and women have converged – and in some cases, young women ... Read More »

Senate panel votes to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to U.S. Supreme Court – NASW concerned healthcare for millions now at risk

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The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee today voted to confirm of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court and advance it to the full Senate for a floor vote. It is almost assured that the Senate will vote in her favor.  The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) issued the following statement: This nomination and confirmation process was rushed and lacked ... Read More »

NASW President volunteers at U.S.-Mexico border to help detained migrant mothers and children

NASW President Kathryn Conley Wehrmann (right) and NASW New Jersey team mates Paul Cataldo and Sandy Ortega before boarding their flight to return home

By Kathryn Conley Wehrmann, PhD, MSW, LCSW President, National Association of Social Workers The Dilley Pro Bono Project (DPBP) is a local partner in the Immigration Justice Campaign. Its mission is to serve the immigrant mothers and children detained at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, TX. DPBP operates a non-traditional pro bono model of legal services that ... Read More »

Celebrate National Women’s Health Week May 12-18!

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National Women’s Health Week—May 12-18—is a reminder for all women to take care of themselves and to make their personal health a priority. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health created National Women’s Health Week, now in its 20th year, to encourage women to build positive health habits. The recommendations—familiar but often overlooked in our stressful, ... Read More »

Participatory Investigation of the Great East Japan Disaster: PhotoVoice from Women Affected by the Calamity

Disasters exacerbate pre-disaster inequities and intensify the vulnerability of women and other marginalized and disempowered groups. Thus, disaster policies and responses should incorporate the experiences and perspectives of those who are marginalized. A recent issue of the journal Social Work included an article by two Japanese researchers on using an interactive, collaborative technique to highlight women’s experiences of disaster and ... Read More »

NASW welcomes introduction of International Violence Against Women Act

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STATEMENT: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has joined other members of the Coalition to End Violence Against Women and Girls Globally to welcome the introduction of the International Violence Against Women Act (IVAWA) in the Senate. The legislation was introduced by Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N-H), Susan Collins (R-ME), Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Johnny Isakson (R-GA). IVAWA makes ending violence ... Read More »

No Longer Invisible: Understanding the Psychosocial Impact of Skin Color Stratification in the Lives of African American Women

Social workers work with clients who face various disadvantages due to social stigma, discrimination, and oppression. These disadvantages range from race, to ethnic origins, to gender, to sexual orientation, and beyond. One important factor in social stigma and discrimination that social workers need to be more aware of is colorism. “Colorism” is defined as discrimination based on skin tone. This ... Read More »

Join NASW at the Women’s March on Washington

The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is organizing social workers for the January 21, 2017 Women’s March on Washington. The March is an opportunity to show that women’s rights are human rights and that women, their partners and their children are ready to advocate for policies that affirm the value of women in society. The March begins at 10 ... Read More »

Social workers help reduce human trafficking

Panelists at NASW's national conference discuss what actions social workers are taking to address human trafficking.

By Paul R. Pace, News staff Social workers are taking the lead in efforts to reduce the number of human trafficking victims and help keep young people from falling prey to traffickers.   Members of the NASW National Committee on Women’s Issues, or NCOWI, have been updating NASW’s public and practice policy statement on human trafficking, said Tonya Perry, chairwoman ... Read More »