Peace and Social Justice

Social workers have consistently advocated for a just and peaceful world.  Social justice is central to the profession’s values and specifically emphasized in the NASW Code of Ethics as social work professionals are instructed to “promote policies that safeguard the rights of and confirm equity and social justice for all people.” Social workers are similarly encouraged to learn other languages, become informed about all aspects of other cultures, and apply the profession’s values to work with clients of all races, ethnicities and sexual orientations.  Key aspects of promoting peace and social justice, and topics of concern to NASW, are the prevention of human trafficking, poverty alleviation, and prevention of torture.  See below and here for further information and resources.

Social Work Promotes Peace and Social Justice
Prevention of Human Trafficking
Prevention of Torture
Poverty Alleviation
  • ONE Campaign - NASW is a member of the ONE Campaign.  ONE is a grassroots campaign and advocacy organization backed by more than 2 million people who are committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. Cofounded by Bono and other campaigners, ONE is nonpartisan and works closely with African policy makers and activists.
  • Millennium Development Goal #1 - United Nations target to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger by the year 2015.
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