Confronting and ending oppression against marginalised and minoritised peoples is at the heart of social justice-oriented social work practice. Developing a critical understanding of power and oppression, and enacting social change aimed at challenging structural factors that contribute to oppression are integral to the core mandates of social work profession (International Federation of Social Workers [IFSW], 2014). Different ways of challenging oppression are therefore of significant interest to social workers. The allyship model of social justice offers social workers a meaningful way of engaging with anti-oppressive practices that help address privilege and interrupt oppression. In this chapter, I will introduce the idea of allyship from a social justice perspective and illustrate it through the example of men allies working with a profeminist framework to challenge men’s violence and discrimination against women (MVDAW).
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Citation: Sharma, A. (2019). Allyship and Social Justice: Men as Allies in Challenging Men’s Violence and Discrimination Against Women. In D. Baines, B. Bennett, S. Goodwin & M. Rawsthorne (Eds.), Working Across Difference: Social Work, Social Policy and Social Justice (pp. 103-119). London: Red Globe Press.