Human rights and social work: A study of two disciplines
Dr. Naseem Ahmad Khan, Arif Rasheed
The basic concepts underlying human rights offer little that is new to the social work profession. Social work profession indeed historically advocates for education, equality, health care, housing and fairness, all of which fit neatly under the umbrella of human rights. The social work profession, therefore, has a commonality with human rights that should guide the profession in both policy and practice. Human rights provide the social work profession with a global and contemporary set of guidelines. Human rights can elicit discussion of common issues by people from all walks of life and every corner of the world. One example where worldwide attention to a common human rights issue has led to effective action involves violence against women. It, however, does not mean that the other human beings or the social groups are not affected by the injustices committed against them. This paper attempts to address the concept of human rights and social work in detail and presenting the methods of social work intervention to address the challenges of human rights in the present century.