Global Agenda: Promoting social and economical equality Submissions to the European Observatory


Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB)

Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) See information about Global Bbservatory submission from Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) through the link
http://www.cfab.org.uk/news/observatory-articles/

Dutch projects that contribute to creating a society for all

Dutch projects that contribute to creating a society for allThis is a selection of four projects that contribute to creating a society for all. MOVISIE, the Dutch member of ICSW, is involved in these projects in different roles. The projects, even if they have the same overall focus, are different in their aim and their approach. They focus respectively on national and international policy exchange and policy development; building professional competences; (youth) activism; and enabling the use of effective social interventions. The projects are:
  1. The Rainbow Cities Network on exchange of LGBT policies page 2 in attached document
  2. Competences for citizen empowerment page 3 in attached document
  3. WE CAN and WE CAN Young page 4 in attached document
  4. Effective interventions database page 5 in attached document
See the attached document here

InProject Coimbra Portugal

InProject Coimbra PortugalThe InProject group intends to, symbolically, express themselves against social isolation of seniors living in urban contexts.
The phenomenon of aging as a social phenomenon went beyond the private sphere of the family and became a complex and multidimensional challenge that concerns the whole society.
The care for the elderly, most often based on family, can not only be framed in love implicit kinship, because many times these ties do not exist or are fragile. The seat of the attention to the elderly is responsibility of all and for all.
Be old or older does not mean belonging to a homogenous group with standard static characteristics and needs. It must be recognized the differences and have them as a starting point because age alone is not equal to age in the family, is not the same age in rural or urban, is not the same get old isolated or surrounded by neighbors, is not the same get old in their own home or in an institutional environment is not the same age with a sufficient retirement or to live with low benefits, is not the same age in a community that cares and involves or segregates and excludes. Being a senior is to belong to a very heterogeneous group whose common denominator age is to make sure that it is advantageous to prepare this natural phase of life to ensure that it is experienced in a positive way.
The components that make old age triumphant are health, functional ability, good cognitive and physical functioning and a high commitment to life through interpersonal relationships and active participation in society. Participation in activities that involve interaction with different generations allows the exchange of knowledge and rediscovery of skills and capabilities that are no longer so present in everyday life.
So, InProject support active aging and we do have fundamental principles like intergenerational solidarity and the promotion of democratic participation of all the people who want to get involved, expanding opportunities to reduce exclusion and stereotypes that exist in society about aging.
This initiative makes it possible because it brings together people with different socio-economic and educational background. Using the principal value which is the sharing of resources and the establishment of an affective relationship between people and space where they move and live. Briefly, it aims to promote well-being using small and beautiful artistic interventions involving the population in a situation of social vulnerability, thus collaborating in the aesthetic improvement of the city or in this particular case in their street.
More information here.

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Parent Power in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Croatia

Parent Power in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and Croatia See information about the Global Agenda Observatory submission in the enclosed document.

Social care and health inequalities

Social care and health inequalities One of several examples from the UK.
http://www.scie.org.uk/workforce/socialcareandhealthinequalities/index.asp

Song from German Social Work Students

Creative Social Work students in Koblenz who were aware of the discussion of the new defintion of Social Work tackled the topic in their pesonal way. As part of a (English for Social Workers) course they produced a text and composed a song. Enjoy!

Hand in hand
Listen to the song here.
[Verse 1]
I want to use all the opportunities
To start a relationship between you and me
I have to bring it into shape
And keep working for equality – against all hate
I need to be non-judgmental
Working with the needy, not computers and pencils
I need to be non-judgmental
Working with the needy, not computers and pencils
Let me tell you about social exclusion
„we’re all one” – that’s an illusion
Surrounded by scorn and false conclusion
Is there change, a revolution?
Well, I can’t feel it,
There’s nothing but confusion
„we’re all one” – that’s an illusion
[Prechorus]
Comes pain, comes trouble, or difficult stuff
We face the challenge and all rise up
Comes pain, comes trouble, or difficult stuff
We face the challenge and all rise up
[Chorus]
We’re all heading the same way
So let us stand together
Hand in hand, through this path
Let’s walk forward to live our dream
[Verse 2]
They develop many theories
to tackle problems in families
and open opportunities,
create beautiful memories
supporting parents, counseling kids
different cultures create a beautiful mix
The root of all hatred and racism is inequality
We need to fight for solidarity in our communities
That leads to promotion of human dignity
Implementing laws, reducing vulnerability
Clinical social workers are not dressed in white
They don’t operate on patients, but they fight for their rights
but not to party like the Beastie Boys
just to give them strength for a louder voice
Human rights, empowerment and liberation
That’s the foundation for a healthy generation
My dream is to promote social change
Let’s work together, get the system rearranged
I`m expressing with my full capabilities
trying to keep kids out of correctional facilities
a lot of them ditch school and they drop out
we need to ask why they don`t try and get knocked out
the system quicker than a jab to the chin bone
teach how to reach goals, touchdown in end zones
you see only if we reach them
we`ll have a true opportunity to teach them
[Prechorus]
Comes pain, comes trouble, or difficult stuff
We face the challenge and all rise up
Comes pain, comes trouble, or difficult stuff
We face the challenge and all rise up
[Chorus]
We’re all heading the same way
So let us stand together
Hand in hand, through this path
Let’s walk forward to live our dream
Lyrics: A. Bergen, S. Hillesheim, R. Klein, C. Metz, O. Metzele, D. Mukhwana, B. Nemesh-Baier, P. Sztefkova,
A. Walker


Submission from University of Bradford in the UK

Submission from University of Bradford in the UK This submission links directly with promoting social and economic equality as it concerns a conference that was organised by social work students on tackling poverty. The conference brought together speakers from academic and practice settings to highlight the importance of understanding the impact of poverty on people using social work and social care services in social work practice and strategies for responding.
Watch video here.