Describe a Current Social Problem. How might this problem be incongruent with Social Work Values/Ethics

  • Describe a current social problem. How might this problem be incongruent with social work values/ethics?

A social problem is any condition or situation that is considered undesirable by the members of a given community (Laureate Education (Producer), 2013). A current social problem in most communities is gender inequality, a malpractice that occurs when individuals are treated differently on the basis of their gender. For instance, women can be favored in whatever they do. Similarly, men can receive harsh treatment when they perform similar tasks as those of women (Edwards, 2010). Gender inequality is on the rise because, in various job sectors in the world today, women have very few slots to fit in. A large share of the available jobs is meant for men, and this is not pleasant. Everyone is concerned with the negative effects of gender inequality, and why the malpractice should be brought to an end. Gender inequality is incongruent with social work values and ethics. The duty of social workers is address the problems or challenges that families, individuals, groups or organizations face (In Loseke & In Best, 2003). One of the core values or ethics of social work is the provision of service.

Gender inequality has played an integral role in barring female social workers from providing services to clients. It is attributed to the fact that they are demoralized and are left out of certain services that are set aside for male individuals. The other core value of social work is good human relationships. Social workers together with their clients should always relate well to ensure the set targets and objectives are achieved. Gender inequality prevents good human relationships. In situations where female social workers are despised and left out of certain duties, they feel demoralized, and this interferes with how they will relate to their clients. Gender inequality also leads to incompetence of either the male or female individuals whose efforts during social work are overlooked. Competence is essential for social workers, and in order to achieve it, malpractices such as gender inequality should be eliminated.

  • How/when has this problem been identified historically, and what were the actions taken to address this concern?

Gender inequality has had negative impacts on individuals. Women have suffered from depression as a result of gender inequality. They often have the perception that they can compete favorably with their male counterparts for the available jobs. It has not been the case, as more men still have access to jobs as compared to women (Laureate Education (Producer), 2013). The negative impacts of gender inequality have raised concern among people across the globe and have led to its historical identification. As a result, actions or mitigation measures have been put in place, to address it. For instance, global campaigns that push for equal treatment of men and women have been embraced across the world. Besides, since women have suffered more, more job opportunities have been created across the world, to incorporate women. Educational institutions across the globe have adopted curriculums that stress on the importance of the girl child in the society (Laureate Education (Producer), 2013).

  • How have the groups affected by this concern over time?

Gender inequality mostly affects female individuals. It is because they are left out of important job opportunities on the basis of gender. The global political arena has very few female presidents, and this is a clear evidence of gender inequality (Laureate Education (Producer), 2013). Is it that they are not capable of leading other people? Of course women have leadership abilities but are often despised. There has been a significant change in the recent years as women have overlooked gender inequality and ventured into jobs that were previously reserved for men. Today, the number of female individuals in the global political arena has increased.


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