Gender in Social Assistance – Social Workers and Clients in Poland

Magdalena Pokrzywa

Abstract


The aim of the paper is to present the situation of women in social work. In Poland the majority of both the social workers and the clients that social workers serve are women. Occupation of social worker is undoubtedly highly female-dominated trade. Visible are the negative sides of the feminization of the profession of social worker associated with the lower assessment of the profession and the low wages compared to other professions, in particular those made by men.

We also observe feminization of poverty which means: women compared to men have a higher incidence of poverty; that women’s poverty is more severe than men’s; and that the incidence of poverty among women is increasing compared to that of men. While both men and women suffer in poverty, gender discrimination means that women have far fewer resources to cope and face extra marginalization.

The paper will be based on empirical research which had a qualitative (90 IDI) and quantitative (500 CATI) nature. Researches were carried out with social workers from whole area of Poland.


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