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World Social Work Day

Press Release – Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers Karen Shepherd, and Anaru Gray, President and Tumuaki of Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) says ANZASW will be celebrating Work Social Work Day on Tuesday 15 March 2016. This day acknowledges the work done around the world by social …World Social Work Day Karen Shepherd, and Anaru Gray, President and Tumuaki of Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) says ANZASW will be celebrating Work Social Work Day on Tuesday 15 March 2016. This day acknowledges the work done around the world by social workers working toward human rights, social justice and environmental sustainability globally. Social work practice spans a range of activities including various forms of therapy and counselling, group and family work, and community work; policy formulation and analysis; and advocacy and political interventions. In Aotearoa New Zealand, social workers can be found advocating for better and appropriate housing, reduction in inequalities, reduction in family violence and access to services for disadvantaged communities. They work in child protection, women’s refuges, community agencies, foodbanks and in our military and police amongst a great many other organisations. The theme for World Social Work day this year is “Promoting dignity and worth of peoples”. This is the second goal of the Global Agenda 2012 to 2016 set by the International Federation of Social Workers, International Association...

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ANZASW Opposes TPPA

Press Release – Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) is opposed to the impending signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement on the 4th of February in Auckland, New Zealand.The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) is opposed to the impending signing of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement on the 4th of February in Auckland, New Zealand. The concerns surrounding the TPP and its potential as a catalyst for social and human rights injustices have led the ANZASW to look closely at this trade agreement. There are a number of areas for concern – namely, the disempowering nature of this agreement; the fact that many basic human rights will be taken away; the Investor State Dispute Settlements process (ISDS); lack of any Human Rights Impact Assessments (HRIA) and the secrecy surrounding the negotiations. Lives of millions of the most marginalised of this earth may be severely affected if this agreement is allowed to become law. The United Nations expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order said, ‘it has been argued that ISDS tilts the playing field away from democratic accountability, favouring “big business” over the rights and interests of labourers and consumers’ (United Nations, 2015, para. 11). As with the Public Health Association of New Zealand (PHA), the ANZASW, amongst other...

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