The Role of Social Workers in Realizing Gender Justice.

Joseph Mosa
Posted November 10, 2019 from Indonesia
The Role of Social Workers in Realizing Gender Justice.
The construction of a patriarchal culture in Indonesia.

Uptonow, patriarchy culture still exist in Indonesian society. This culture can be found in any aspects, such as economy,  education,  politic, even  law. As  a result,  many social  problems  come up  that restrain women’s freedom and violate women’sright. Although Indonesia is a law country, but in the fact the law  itself can not accommodate  any of those  socia lproblems.  It becauses the women’s problems are considered just the domestic ones. This makes law enforcement still in undercontrol and gender injustice. So that is why, the role of social workers is really needed, in order to help solving the problems. The result shows a link between patriarchy cultureand any of social problems also social reality that happens in Indonesian society.

In dealing with various issues is an impact of patriarchal culture, social workers have several roles, namely: 1. Advocator. Social workers help provide legal protection to clients. Way done is to assist victims at the level of investigation, examination, and prosecution in court and provide objective guidance. Social workers also collaborate or negotiate with other parties so that cases affecting clients can be investigated as fairly as possible. 2. Negotiator Social workers become representatives of clients voice out his rights and discuss with other parties who can provide assistance, suppose social workers become representative in the discussion about handling the case of domestic violence with KOMNAS institutions WOMAN. In the discussion, social worker explains the condition of the victim clearly and what are the losses that are they experience. 3. Coordinator. The social worker becomes the coordinator inside the process of providing assistance or services towards clients. In this case also, workers social giving direction to various parties to work together in fighting for the interests of victims. For example, social workers form a team that has goals for prevent early marriage, then the social worker shares participation assignments to each individual on the team, starting from the role to do identification process until completion. 4. Intermediary. Social workers connect clients with the party who has the potential to deliver help or service. The social worker also brings the two parties together to identify the problem what happened and together seek a solution. 5. Enabler. Social workers help clients in identify the problem with clear, as well as re-discovering the potential they have after all the problems or traumatic events that occur. For example, social workers facilitate victims of domestic violence victims to return to find the spirit of life through fun activities or activities. 6. Counselor. Social workers provide guidance psychologically to the client by doing active listening and facilitate the client in talking about the problem. Then, the social worker also gives empathy to the client through providing moral support. For example, social workers listen to stories from women who become community monthly because they just divorced their husbands carefully and patiently.

Conclusion. The data in this article shows that many social problems have the same root cause, namely the lasting patriarchal culture. Although it is not easy to change gender-biased policies with a more gender-equitable construction and women-friendly, but it must still be pursued. The struggle must be followed simultaneously with advocacy to support structural and cultural changes in attitudes and behaviors that are gender-equitable. The substance of gender bias will not be able to change to be gender equitable, if structurally the state administrators do not sensitive to gender and issues regarding women themselves and society still perpetuating an unjust gender construction in their society. Women's struggle in ending an unjust system (gender injustice) is not just just the struggle of women against men, but the struggle against the system and the structure of community injustice as well patriarchal culture which has a negative stigma. And of course as a professional party, social workers have the authority to help overcome various things that occur as a result of the influence of the patriarchal culture through ways which is well systematic.

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Tamarack Verrall
Nov 10
Nov 10

Hello Joseph,
Welcome to World Pulse. I am very glad to read your message, your perspective, your suggested plan of action to change the violence toward and repression of women in your country and everywhere. I am especially appreciative of your understanding that we are working to change a patriarchal system, and that you have a commitment to this as a man. Your words hold such good advice to those wanting to join in on this:
"...a link between patriarchy culture and any of social problems also social reality that happens in Indonesian society...legal protection investigation, examination, and prosecution in court... provide assistance work together in fighting for the interests of victims... prevent early marriage...deliver help or service...doing active listening...moral support...advocacy to support structural and cultural changes in attitudes and behaviors...the structure of community injustice as well patriarchal culture".
I am especially touched that you have the respect for women to highlight photos of women speaking out.
Best wishes with your work,
Tam

Hello, brother Joseph,

Thank you for speaking out about the challenges women face in a patriarchal culture. I'm glad that social workers were able to identify issues related to it. Identifying the problem is the first step in a project management.

Thank you for giving us a context on what patriarchal society looks like in Indonesia. Please keep on posting. I hope you can invite more women to join World Pulse, too.

Joseph Mosa
Nov 11
Nov 11

Thank you very much for your warm welcome in this group. I will continue to make articles on women's empowerment and gender equality according to the social context that is happening. I also want to learn from those of you who have extensive experience about this.

You're welcome, brother. Yes, please keep on writing! You can connect with our sisters here, too. You can search by topic to check who is in the same line of work as you are doing. Have a great day!

Jill Langhus
Nov 11
Nov 11

Hi Joseph,

Thanks for sharing your informative and interesting article. It's good to hear what's going on in your country concerning women's rights. I hope, like Karen said, that you're able to invite many more advocates to World Pulse, especially women, so they can share their stories, too, and find their voice:-)

Is it hard to become a social worker in Indonesia? I find it interesting that you think that social workers have that much clout there and that they alone could make so much difference there, so I'm glad you shared this information and your perspective as well.

I hope you're doing well, and that you have a great week!

Joseph Mosa
Nov 11
Nov 11

Thank you very much.

Jill Langhus
Nov 11
Nov 11

You're very welcome!

Joseph Mosa
Nov 13
Nov 13
Anita Shrestha
Nov 11
Nov 11

You are great to do this work and sharing nature, plz share more and more

Lisbeth
Nov 12
Nov 12

Hello Joseph,
It's good to know more about the roles of social workers in your country. Going through the post it look like there are doing extremely good job down
In the contrary in some countries they are never appreciated and hence they do sloggish work so to say. Thanks for sharing and have a great day.
Regards

Joseph Mosa
Nov 13
Nov 13

you are welcome

Usha K.C.
Nov 13
Nov 13

Hi Joseph,
warm welcome to the world pulse community. thank you so much for sharing some social issues through your perspective.
loved the picture you have shared .
keep sharing

Joseph Mosa
Nov 13
Nov 13

You are welcome